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Japanese tower against the light of a pale rose sky


Do you know the feeling of belonging to a place?

Even if you haven't been to a certain place, do you still have a special feeling about the place? For a long time I have felt that I belong to Japan. My angle on this post shows what caught my eye in Japan - the same mind and eye that designs the products of The Organic Company.

Below is my take and interpretation. They can be perceived differently because of 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. Also look at the street signs, so decorative, don't you think? Really well located…

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. There are so many examples of this in Japan.

The Japanese are very polite and gentle. In addition to their strong cultural behavior, Buddhism, which is a balanced way of life, is strongly represented. Visiting their shrines was a spiritual experience. The atmosphere was deeply grounded, and even though many people were present (both Japanese and tourists), an embracing energy was still found in the place.

If you think (as I did before looking into it) that plastic is not good, - Then you should know that Japan has a good waste sorting system and a good recycling rate (77% of all plastic was recycled in 2010 ). Source: ). beat that! :)

I think Japan ranks at the top aesthetically. They also rank high on a friendly and polite scale. At least on my scale, Japan ranks at the top. : ) My way of designing brings several aspects into the process; I want the result to fulfill a need, I want it to be useful and have an aesthetic expression.

On site or from a distance, Japan is one of my sources of inspiration for aesthetic design. And I'm not the first or the only one. The Danes have been inspired by the Japanese since the end of the 19th century (source: art historian Mirjan Gelfer-Jørgensen). Did you know?

Arigato (Japanese for "thank you")
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