5 Japanese trends that settle in our daily lives and do good

16 February 2018

Since the grass is always greener in the neighbor, it makes sense to look at what is happening there. A few years ago, we brought back feng shui, origami and manga. Today, other Japanese trends are taking hold in our daily lives. Kintsugi, furoshiki, sushi, wabi sabi and Ikigai, you are told everything.

FOCUS ON 5 JAPANESE TRENDS:

THE KINTSUGI

Kintsugi, which literally means "golden knuckle", is the art of repairing dishes in style. Unlike Western societies, a broken object in Japan is not an object to throw (quite the contrary). Thanks to this method, it is possible to repair broken ceramics and porcelains using a lacquer sprinkled with gold.

More generally, the kintsugi celebrates imperfection and allows to offer a second life to many objects. It is important to emphasize that these repairs are aesthetic and creative. This philosophy learns to accept the cracks and marks of time.

THe furoshiki

During the end-of-year celebrations, the followers of the waste only swore by him. And for good reason, furoshiki is the art of sustainable packaging, one of the most popular Japanese trends. To put it correctly, the furoshiki is a piece of square fabric with which the Japanese pack or carry all sorts of things.

More aesthetic and solid than a simple plastic bag, it is possible thanks to furoshiki, to pack gifts, to carry groceries, to have a purse or a bottle holder. This piece of fabric can be silk, cotton, linen and have different sizes ... there is no rule. The only instruction lies in the folding and the realization of the knots which will bring the solidity to the bag. This technique reflects the principle of 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) that pleases more and more.

THe wabi sabi

"Wabi": rustic, simple, natural; "Sabi": time wear. Together, these two Japanese words form the wabi sabi, an aesthetic concept that invites you to focus on the essential, to get rid of the superfluous and to accept the inevitable. "Wabi-sabi is the beauty of imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete things. It is the beauty of modest and humble things. It's the beauty of atypical things. As defined by Leonard Koren, architect and theoretician of aesthetics.

This current wants to help us to pay attention to the small details and to avoid looking for perfection at all costs. The idea is to accept oneself fully, its singularity and its imperfections. The wabi sabi opposes the diktats of fashion and the dominant criteria of beauty. The concept is also declined in the decoration where it invites to use objects marked by the time, objects with the raw aspect, not worked, asymmetrical ...

ikigaï


Ikigai is the key to happiness, personal fulfillment and longevity of the Japanese. In the Okinawa archipelago, there is one village with the highest longevity rate in the world and the reason would be ikigai. Among the 60,000 centenarians with iron health in Japan, all are very familiar with the concept of ikigai. And this is not chance.

Concretely, we all have in us an ikigai, a reason to get up in the morning but we have to find it. For that, it is important to be attentive to the things that we like, which make sense for us but also to have fun thanks to an intense passion. It is also important to agree to age while remaining young and to remain optimistic despite hardships.

THe sushis

In recent years, sushi has really interfered in our diet, to the point today, to be a meal in everyday life. There are more restaurants that offer or the number of sushi nights to which we are invited. A true emblem of Japan, it would be inappropriate at the moment to think that sushi comes from China.

It is also not recommended (prohibited) to pierce with a fork a sushi. This would be considered a mark of disrespect to the products. Sushi is eaten with chopsticks or fingers and nothing else. Based on vinegar rice combined with raw fish or seafood and vegetables, the quality of the products is the secret of a successful sushi.


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