Discovering Japan

niponica is a web magazine that introduces modern Japan to people all over the world.

2022 no. 32

Special Feature
Japan: A Culture Nurtured by Wood

In Japan, where 70% of the land is covered in forest, trees are an integral part of everyday life. The techniques and wisdom passed down through the ages by Japanese people with a deep respect for nature and its bounty live on today.

Cherry and Maple Trees (Sakura kaede-zu byobu), right screen, by Edo period painter Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1829)