We introduce Japanese words about nature that have been traditionally
used and propose ideas about biodiversity based on Japanese-style thinking.
Column list in 2016
- ‘Listen to the fragrance.’ This expression, which at first may appear slightly awkward in terms of the five senses we use in daily life, refers to the classical refined art of incense burning, or kōdō (literally, the way of fragrance), which originated in Japan.
- It is said that the number of Japanese traditional colors is more than hundreds. This represents the richness of nature and diversity of living things in Japan. Pick flowers, leaves, stems and roots, extract their colors through decocting, and dye silk or cotton thread. Minerals such as iron or copper are also used for fixing colors. Kusaki-zome is an art piece amalgamating diverse blessings of nature.
- Japanese people have incorporated the blessings from forests into lifestyles. One of the blessings we enjoy is “sumi (charcoal)” made of wood including bamboo.