Japanese civilization has grown special aesthetics, compared to the Western civilization, that are reflected in different forms of art as well as in applications of everyday life.
A part of these aesthetics is able to understand when one considers Japanese philosophy in regard to the light. In particular, the grace of these aesthetics, is expressed through the shadows or the haze, marvels the wear of time and praises the serene beauty of nature. An attempt to study about Japanese aesthetics in residential architecture, food and clothing is achieved through the descriptions of Junichiro Tanizaki in his essay, “In praise of Shadows”.
According to these descriptions, the residence represents one of the most important constructions that are utterly bound to the human nature and consequently reflects more intently an amount of elements that constitute Japanese temperament. Food is one of everyday life pleasures, in which, a significant part of art and aesthetics of a civilization, are included. Eventually, clothing as an integral part of daily living reflects the culture of Japanese people and impresses a part of its aesthetics.
In course of time and through the western influence, Japanese tradition has managed to preserve its uniqueness in the several forms of art and everyday life. As far as architecture is concerned and especially that of the house, it has evolved through the years and managed to combine modern technology with elements of tradition.
At this point, there are certain questions generated, about the way Japanese aesthetics is formed, what determined the literary standards of Japan, and led to its timeless tradition. In respond to these questions, there are presented religious and philosophical ideas that are implemented in art as well as in architecture of Japan.