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Autumn Beer Marketing & “Kouyou” in Japan

Autumn Beer Marketing & “Kouyou” in Japan

photo credit: Greencolander on flickr

This is a glimpse into how beer and “beer” companies cash in on the pre-winter, last-minute rush to enjoy the weather in one of the most gorgeous seasons of the year.

One of the biggest activities and something the Japanese love to enjoy is called kouyou (紅葉). Kouyou means “deep red leaves” and signifies the color-changing of the seasons. It’s this kouyou spirit that a lot of beer manufacturers like to embody in their packaging design.

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Japanese Design Aesthetic: Wabi-Sabi

Japanese Design Aesthetic: Wabi-Sabi

photo credit: 2D2f on deviantart

Japan has an extensive artistic history. Through isolationism, its buddhist history through China, and its own religion Shintoism, the aesthetic qualities and elements of Japanese art have flourished and evolved in an entirely unique way.

These aesthetics have been practiced and developed through the many different art forms here in Japan: ikebana, pottery, woodblock printing and architecture, to name a few.

In this article, we’ll look not at the individual art mediums as described above, but one artistic “emotion” that’s been alive in Japan for centuries. Behold, an overly simplistic introduction to the concept of…

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Tokyo Illuminated: Christmas in the Capital

Tokyo Illuminated: Christmas in the Capital

What can you get out of this?

Inspiration and a smile.

If you’re interested in seeing the way Tokyo-ites celebrate Christmas, you may find this article an entertaining way to spice up your day as the 2011 Christmas season comes to an end.

Every year, Tokyo lights itself up to celebrate the Christmas and New Years season. This year, I chose a night, grabbed my digital SLR, my tripod and hit the streets of Tokyo to find the best sources of Christmas illumination. This post will mainly be a photo showcase of a few places I went to this year. Let the visual feast begin!

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Cherry Blossoms And Design In 2011

Cherry Blossoms And Design In 2011

What’s in this for you?

This article will look at the influence of nature on design around Japan. Nature, meaning sakura (or cherry blossoms).

If you’re interested in how the soft, beautiful and ephemeral beauty of the sakura affects design in Japan, this post should be an interesting read. You’ll also learn a bit about how the Japanese celebrate this amazing season and its relevance within the culture.

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