In July 2020, Japan will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. This issue of niponica explores the true essence of this innovative sports festival, whose vision, while firmly based on the legacy of the Tokyo 1964 Games, extends far into the future.
The Japanese philosophy of beauty encompasses attention to fashion, hair styling, and cosmetics. This issue of Niponica unveils historical trends in Japan’s unique fashion culture, highlighting some of the ways the Japanese have perpetuated and renewed the art of looking good.
As the countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games continues, the world has become even more intrigued by Tokyo. For more than 400 years, ever since the Tokugawa Shogunate established its headquarters in Edo (present-day Tokyo), people have continued to be drawn to the city. These pages look at the metropolis from different angles, revealing its tremendous energy and influence.
Japan is a land rich in natural beauty and blessed with four distinct seasons. Since ancient times, its people have been sensitive to the changing seasons and worshiped nature’s gifts.
Come journey with us through Japan to discover a land with undying love for the four seasons.
Paper can be a lot more than just a medium for communicating and recording information. The Japanese have long been adept at using paper for a wide variety of purposes. That flair is very much alive today, demonstrating new possibilities for paper.
Haiku, a complete poem in just 17 syllables. Bonsai, a tree grown in a tiny pot. Or just a pocket-size transistor radio. Even without these well-known examples, it is clear that Japanese culture has a long history of miniaturism—the aesthetic of reducing things to a size just right for their own tiny, perfect world. An appreciation of the beauty of the minuscule and the ability to achieve it have resulted in traditional crafts, industrial products, toys and a lot of other things that are tiny, awesome and cute.
Take a break. Enjoy a change of pace. Focus on tranquility. Interact with nature and spirit...
Japanese culture has developed ways to refresh the mind and body through relaxation and soothing comfort. Deep within the culture lies a wisdom that can show people caught up in today’s busy world how to savor life.
Mount Fuji, so tall, so beautiful. And for many centuries, revered as a sacred place, as well as a source of artistic inspiration. These qualities were recognized in 2013 when UNESCO inscribed Fuji on its World Heritage List as “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.” The following pages take you closer to this symbol of Japan.
Traditional Japanese confections (wagashi) have subtle flavors, and are often associated with the current season. As the shelves in many shops demonstrate, sweets in Japan come in a multitude of tastes and shapes. They play an important role in the culture of giving, and their packaging can be surprisingly beautiful—so many types, so good to eat, so nice to look at and intriguing as well. This issue welcomes you to a land of wonderful snacks and sweets.
Japanese dyeing and weaving techniques handed down from one generation to the next in different parts of the country have created a wide variety of fabrics and made life more convenient, comfortable and enjoyable. Today, advanced technologies are being used to create cutting-edge textiles that make life better for people around the world.
Manufacturing, distribution, food production, the retail industry, medical treatment… In all sectors, Japan's flair for quality promotes safety and peace of mind through continual improvements in technologies and services.
Japanese pop culture encompasses fashion, anime, manga, and more, and is beloved not just in Japan but also by people all over the world. This type of culture is centered on young people and has grown more and more sophisticated as it has been nurtured and refined in everyday life. In this issue, we will examine the current state of Japanese pop culture and how Japanese people appreciate and enjoy it.
Japan is a country of lush and bountiful forests, surrounded on all sides by the sea. Washoku (the traditional dietary culture of the Japanese) has developed thanks to the blessings of these rich natural surroundings as well as the continuous pursuit of perfection by Japanese cooks, evolving into a cuisine now highly praised all over the world. This special feature takes up the allure of Washoku from many perspectives, including ingredients, nutrition, and the beautiful way each dish is served.
Japan has overcome the problems with pollution in the 1950s and 1960s as well as the oil shocks of the 1970s to become an environmentally friendly country. Striking a balance between economic growth and environmental conservation, in recent years Japan has been making great strides for the development of green technology that is competitive even by global standards.