Aug 11

Meaning of Color in Japanese Culture

Japanese society has long-standing traditions that have shaped the Japanese for millennia. Specifically, colors have symbolic associations that appear in Japanese art, dress, and rituals. Many colors have maintained those meanings even as Japanese society rapidly changes. Drawing inspiration from nature and historical texts, Japanese color symbolism helps identify the emotional state or desires of those wearing or celebrating with certain colors.
Mar 03


It is said, “In Japan, God is in the details.” This is something I immensely like about the people of Japan.  Despite being the fastest-paced, most technologically advanced nation on earth, they have still retained sensitivity to the spiritual forces of the natural world. They manage to fuse daily 21st-century life with the reverence for divinity. It is a very poetic way to live. Climbing up the stairs to the Nenbutsu-Ji temple, I could say that God is in the sunlight that filters down to land on the twelve hundred stone buddas, and I would be right. Or, I can be more concrete and say God is in the intricate simplicity of the Daigo-Ji Temple where I went next and still I would be right.  In Kyoto, the thing about beauty is you just absorb it.  In some places on earth, this is more difficult than in others.  But in Kyoto, it is exceptionally easy.  From the moment you enter its temples and shrines, you feel the tranquility flowing through every beam and every rock until each step taken becomes a walking, breathing meditation. Although Kyoto is now a fragment of its former self it is easy to see why […]