As more homeowners look for ways to simplify their home décor, the word “tatami” is becoming a part of the American lexicon. Along with the better known tatami mats, which are often used in martial arts studios, designers are creating “tatami rooms” for their clients, complete with Zen décor and legless Zaisu chairs.
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Yearning for a little simplicity in your life? Maybe you need a little Zen décor to transform your home into an oasis of tranquility. This pair of Slate Wall Sconces will serve as a constant reminder to simplify your life.
Zen home furnishings are known for incorporating natural elements like stone to bring nuanced tones and textures into the home environment. In keeping with the simple design of Japanese décor, these artfully created wall sconces are made from naturally quarried slate stone. Each sconce is etched with a graceful calligraphic design bearing the Japanese symbol for “Simplicity.” Plus, the soft lighting provided by wall sconces lends itself well to a peaceful state of mind.
The ability to be totally relaxed and comfortable during meditation is extremely important. Without a comfortable place to sit, beginners often give up too soon. If you plan to practice meditation regularly, you will need to create a separate space that is specifically set aside for quiet meditation. (more…)
Have you ever found yourself so stressed out that you need to visualize a peaceful place and take a brief mental vacation? Perhaps the picture in your mind looked a lot like this idyllic mountain lake, depicted in this 18th century woodcut image on a bamboo necklace.
The Great Wave, otherwise known as “Under a Wave off Kanagawa” is probably the most famous Japanese woodblock print bamboo jewelry by the well-known artist, Hokusai. The print depicts an enormous and threatening wave near the Japanese metropolis of Kanagawa, where Mount Fuji can be seen majestically rising in the background. It is actually part of a series of prints, all of which depict Mount Fuji under different conditions. (more…)
Wearing an exquisite piece of Tibetan Zen Buddhist jewelry has a way of changing one’s mood, enlivening spirits and helping the wearer remember to live in the moment. With this extraordinary new collection of bamboo pendants, women can wear a symbol that recalls the days of graceful Geishas and natural scenes by 18th century Japanese artists. These hand-made mixed-media pieces are expertly crafted in the USA with beads made from hand-rolled metallic paper and strung with complementary colored wire. The whole piece is strung on a comfortable cotton cord with adjustable sliding bead knots.
The sweet and sultry aroma of incense wafting through your home can help you unwind after a long day. Incense also makes a creative addition a summer evening get-together. But all incense is not created equal. Lovers of Tibetan incense may not appreciate the fruitier scents found in the West, and Indian incense can have a completely different aroma. Whatever incense you prefer, this Brass Incense Burner with a Tibetan Buddha will make an excellent addition to your home decor. (more…)
How do you make a small living space more functional, or loft-style apartment cozier? The simplest answer is to create intimate spaces with a Shoji screen or with Japanese Fusima Doors. Similar to the impact of Shoji screens, Fusima doors can redefine the spaces within a room while adding a decorator’s touch. The major difference is that instead of folding up, accordion-style, they slide from side to side on tracking. They can also be used as actual doors for rooms or closet doors.
When most people think about home decorating, closet doors aren’t the first thing that come to mind. However, in Asian countries a Fusima door is quite common. Most of the interior doors and partitions found in Japanese homes are made from native woods, either in a lattice pattern or as a solid piece like these Japanese Fusima doors. (more…)
You may have seen the popular expression “Every crisis is an opportunity” on inspiration posters around the office, but did you know this saying has its roots in Chinese calligraphy? In choosing the symbolism for this word “crisis”, the Chinese used an interesting pictorial language. This framed “Crisis and Opportunity” print is based on the characters for “crisis” which, ironically, can be interpreted as “danger” and “opportunity”.
The ancient Chinese were wise enough to realize that no matter how difficult the circumstance or how dangerous the situation, a tremendous opportunity lies within the heart of every crisis. Hence, the phrase written below the characters on this print: “Every crisis is an opportunity”. While this may seem like wishful thinking to someone who is facing a real crisis, it proves the power of the human spirit to persevere and see the real lesson in every situation. (more…)
Ladies, do you want your man to look fashionable by the pool or spa this summer? Then maybe it’s time to start doing some early Father’s Day shopping. This striking Navy Dragon Yukata is certain to get attention and make your favorite guy feel like a million bucks. Perfect for lounging by the pool, as a summer bathrobe, or wherever he likes to relax, this 100% cotton yukata makes an impressive statement.
Made in Japan, the legendary dragon is emblazoned on this navy blue yukata, along with gray and white stylized clouds and calligraphy. The dragon is depicted across Asian cultures as one of the Four Legendary Creatures, each of which is the guardian of the cosmic “directions”. The Dragon guards the East, and was often painted alongside the other “creatures” (tortoise, tiger and red bird) to keep evil spirits away from early Chinese tombs. The dragon is also represents the spring season, the colors green and blue, and the element of wood. Its virtue is Propriety and it is an enduring symbol of Yang male energy. (more…)