ARTICLE: Taking Back the Aesthetics of Japan.

In keeping with this article about kintsugi and this article that coins the term phenomenological attunement, I think the West has a lot to learn from the East.

I don’t think what needs to be learned lies in business models, economic structures or technological whiz bang. I think it lies in ancient ideas and practices. In some senses it needs to re-discovered or given established predominance in the East, and then learned in the West. I’m pretty sure artists and designers are going to lead the way.

To that end, I offer this delightful article in the equally delightful Spoon & Tamago. To wit:

Japan is a beautiful country, don’t you think?” he said, beginning his talk. “But it’s not because Japan designs beautiful things. I think it’s because Japan designs harmony amongst those things…“Harmony is to be valued” (和を以て貴しとなす) he said, invoking a phrase from the Seventeen-Article Constitution set forth by Prince Shōtoku in the 7th century.

The “he” in question is Eisuke Tachikawa, a Japanese designer who is

working with the priests and keepers of three different shrines to come up with better solutions and restore some of the beauty that had been lost. “In thinking about harmony on this holy site…we want to discuss with you how we can create a better environment to connect people with the space.”

It’s wonderful, read the article here, see more about Tachikawa’s project “Signage for Heritage in Shodoshima” here. And Tachikawa’s TEDxTokyo talk here (w English voiceover).