Do you know that belonging feeling?
Even if you haven’t been to a specific place you still feel very special about it? For a long time I’ve felt I belong to Japan. My angle of this post looks at what caught my eye in Japan – the same mind and eye which designs the products in The Organic Company.
Below is my view and interpretation. They might be prejudiced by the love I feel for the country. Now you are warned.
I visited Japan for the first time in November 2016 and already when I left the airport I felt at home. The first thing I noticed was the landscape, including the streets. The streets are clean and tidy. And look at the street signs, so decorative, right? So well placed …
Aesthetics – when the nature or beauty of art pleases the senses. This is what I see and feel, when I observe balanced and often minimalist architecture and design. And so many examples are to be found in Japan.
The Japanese are very polite and gentle. Besides their strong cultural behaviour, Buddhism, which is a balanced way of living, is strongly represented. Visiting their shrines was a spiritual experience. The atmosphere was deeply founded and although a lot of people were there (both Japanese and tourists) an embracing energy was found there too.
If you think (like I did before looking into it) that plastic is no good,
– then you should know, that Japan have a good waste sorting system and a good recycling percentage (77% of ALL plastic was recycled in 2010. Source: www.theguardian.com). Beat that! : )
I think that Japan ranks at the top aesthetically. They also rank highly on a friendly and polite scale. At least my scales, Japan ranks on top. : ) My way of designing brings several aspects into the process; I want the result to meet a need, I want it to behave and to have an aesthetic expression.
At site or from a distance, Japan is one of my inspiration sources for aesthetic design. And I am not the first or the only one. Danes have been inspired by the Japanese since the late 1800’s (source: art historian Mirjam Gelfer-Jørgensen). Did you know that?
Arigato (Japanese for “thank you”)