The Cultural Perception of Tattoos or Irezumi in Japan

My very limited knowledge of tattoos comes from my experience of growing up in Tokyo.  In Japanese, the word for tattoo is irezumi, 入れ墨。The first two characters together, ire(ru) means, to put in, to place or to insert.  The second, sumi, is ink.  So, it’s the insertion of ink. During the Meiji era, tattoos in …

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Shichigosan: The Japanese Festival for 7, 5, and 3 Year Olds

The Japaneses Shichigosan festival celebrates children who are 7,5, and 3.  The word, Shichigosan is literally a combination of three numbers in Japanese; shichi is seven, go is five and san is three. This makes it pretty easy to remember what this festival is about! The Shichigosan festival, thought to be over 400 years old, is …

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Japanese Design – Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J Graham – Book Review

As I love and appreciate Japanese Design, this a book review. Japanese Design – Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J. Graham Japanese design and sensibility is complex and difficult for many to grasp. Yet, the book Japanese Design  — Art, Aesthetics & Culture by Patricia J. Graham has managed to capture the essence of …

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The Season for Gift Wrapping – Asian Accents with Origami

Gift wrapping in Japan is an art.  However, many of us don’t have the talent or fine motor skills to create such beautifully wrapped creations–including me…    To understand how this is a “skill” you have to watch this Japanese video.    She shows us how the Japanese department stores wrap their boxes.  As you will see, it’s …

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The Japanese Aesthetic of Wabi Sabi

In the design world, I have heard many Westerners talk about the Japanese wabi-sabi (侘 寂) aesthetic. It’s difficult to describe many traditional Asian terms in English because not only is there no direct equivalent word, the Asian definition itself is very vague.  Many times, Westerners are confused as to why Asians can’t explain something …

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