If you love design, you will love Japan. Cutting edge architecture, outlandish fashion and futuristic technology mix easily with ancient temples, peaceful parks and elegant women wearing traditional kimono. Tokyo is the most populous city in the world. It’s fast-paced, neon-lit and crazy but also impossibly clean and well ordered. You will find it jam packed with museums, galleries, breath-taking architecture, chichi department stores, quirky vintage shops and of course incredible food. And the design whether it is old or new is impeccable. There is no doubt that Japan’s aesthetic was like no other I had ever encountered.

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I had my first exposure to Zen gardens, which many believe inspired minimalism. These gardens, with their perfectly placed rocks set in immaculate gravel that is raked into swirling patterns, are pure simplicity and balance.

Then, the minimalistic aesthetic reigns in traditional Japanese homes, where space is valued as much as decoration, and where tranquility, stillness, solitude and calm are the goal and illustrates beautifully the Japanese commitment to balance and purity of design.

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For centuries, the traditional art and culture of Japan has held global fascination, and is a rich source of inspiration for many fields of design. Of particular interest is the way it seems to express, through its devotion to harmony and balance above all else, an entire philosophy of living antithetical to the one that many of us have built for ourselves today. It has come to represent a certain kind of classical elegance, lost to a world that has, in the name of global capitalism, sacrificed its dedication to true craft.

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The simplicity yet gorgeous light fittings grabbed my attention in every building i walked in.

The lighting in a home changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room. Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work in conjunction with colour selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style. And Japanese are masters on finding the right lamps and lights with the right style for each spot.

It is definitely a place for design lovers.

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