10 Japanese product designs characterized by minimalist aesthetics, simplicity and elegance

Japan is one of the few countries that can balance age-old tradition with modernity in such a harmonious fashion. This is especially true in the field of aesthetics and design. Japanese aesthetics encompass a variety of ideals, some of these are traditional while others are modern and sometimes influenced by other cultures.

Flower vases that swing as petals fall.
Designer: Keisuke Fujiwara

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Hiking the Mudflats through the Wadden Sea

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The Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining natural large-scale intertidal ecosystems in the southeastern part of the North Sea. Mudflat hikers are people who, with the aid of a tide table, use a period of low water to walk and wade on the watershed of the mudflats. Belts of this shallow sea lie off the mainland of the Netherlands,  off the coast of northwestern Germany and off the coast of southwest Jutland in Denmark.
In 2009, the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the Danish part was added in June 2014.
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Brazil’s Little Castle of Horror

By Natalia Naomi Aoi B. – https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoibara/5388278813, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Castelinho da Rua Apa is a residential building from the early 20th century, built by the family “Dos Reis” in 1912, having as a mold the French castles. In addition to its historical and cultural value, the Castelinho is known to have harbored a family tragedy in 1937, in which all the residents – mother and two children – were found shot dead and to this day it is unknown who was responsible – which makes  Castelinho a  mysterious haunted place. After the family tragedy the property was left without heirs passing to the patrimony of the Federal Government.
In 1996, the non-governmental organization Club de Mães do Brasil was granted the rights to use Castelinho da Rua Apa. Maria Eulina dos Reis Hilsenbeck is the founder and president of the Club and has been using the space ever since. Little Castle’s restoration was completed in April 2017, and now operates as a social assistance business, providing help to the homeless and chemical dependents in Sao Paulo.
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Silo Art Trail in Australia

Silo Art Trail is the largest outdoor gallery in Australia – stretching over 200 kilometers and linking six small country Victorian towns. Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee, the trail recognizes and celebrates the region’s hard-working rural communities through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos. The portraits are the work of world-renowned Australian mural artists, Adnate, Kaff-eine, Fintan Magee, Rone, Guido van Helten, and celebrated Russian street artist, Julia Volchkova.

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The stilt-walking shepherds of Landes

In 19th and early 20th century in a region of France called Landes, the roads were non-existent and the ground was marshy and uneven, so the people of Landes – mostly shepherds – developed a unique mode of transportation to allow them to get over the rough ground: they walked on stilts! The stilts of Landes were called, in the language of the country, tchangues, which means”big legs. Mounted on their stilts, the shepherds drove their flocks across the wastes, going through bushes, pools of water, and traversing marshes with safety, without having to seek roads or beaten footpaths. Moreover, this elevation permitted them to easily watch their sheep, which were often scattered over a wide surface. The stilts were pieces of wood about five feet in length, provided with a shoulder and strap to support the foot.
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Magical Photos Capture Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool

By Forest Wander from Cross Lanes, USA – Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool Mossy Rocks, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

The Elakala Falls are a series of four waterfalls of Shays Run as it descends into the Blackwater Canyon in West Virginia. They are within Blackwater Falls State Park and are quite popular among photographers, with the ease of access for the first waterfall, and the relatively low traffic of the other waterfalls in the series. Photos capture the swirling pool nestling at the bottom of the small lovely waterfall.
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Smoothie Bowl Food Art by Hazel Zakariya


Hazel Zakariya is in fact a research and market analyst, but makes amazing smoothie bowls during her free time. The base smoothie is made from blended banana, butterfly pea flower powder, ginger, almond milk, coconut yogurt, spirulina and spinach. To achieve her vibrant color palette, she works with a wide variety of natural ingredients and garnishes each dish with small flowers.

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