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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Cloud-like Foam Installation by Kohei Nawa

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Japanese artist Kohei Nawa used a mixture of detergent, glycerin and water to create the bubbly forms of his installation, entitled Foam. Visitors were allowed to walk through this giant cloud-like installation filled with ever-evolving foam shapes that, in Nawa’s own words, “should feel like [you’re] walking through clouds.”

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Unkai Terrace – Above the clouds

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Unkai Terrace is located atop a mountain peak on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, offering tourists breathtaking views of clouds floating below. Unkai (meaning sea of clouds) is a very rare natural phenomenon, usually only seen under certain weather conditions. On clear days, you have to take a gondola ride up to the terrace early in the morning to catch the clouds in action.

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That’s how crows build their nests in Tokyo

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The crows that live in Tokyo build their nests out of metal clothes-hangers. In such a large city, there are few trees, so the natural materials that crows need to make their nests are scarce. As a result, the crows steal hangers from the people who live in apartments nearby, and carefully assemble them into nests. The completed nests almost look like works of art based on the theme of recycling.
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3D Pencil Drawings by Nagai Hideyuki

Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki uses the projection technique called anamorphosis which allows to create 3D illusion when viewed from the correct angle. The way he arranges his notebooks for these photos gives the effect of a pop-up book.

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