We recently received a shipment of beautiful porcelain and other goodies from our supplier in Japan. Our delight and appreciation for the special care and attention they have taken with our order has inspired this post.
Travel blogs that will tell you the many reasons why Australians love to visit Japan. Some of us haven’t been so fortunate to make the trip, but still feel strong ties and respect for this unique culture and its impact on our daily lives.
So, in the spirit of extending our respect and gratitude, we offer these 6 reasons why so many Australians love Japanese style:
#1 I’ll have chopsticks with that!
The love of Japanese food is firmly entrenched in the Australian way of life and diet. Our kids grew up loving sushi and sashimi and all the ways the Japanese inspire preparation of fresh, high quality produce. Japanese restaurants are found in every community in Australia now and we have become quite discerning when it comes to seeking out the best quality. We are rarely disappointed. A highlight for this family is the theatre of Teppanyaki. What a wonderful way to learn about each other, share a sense of humour and to appreciate delicious healthy food.
#2 Keeping it simple
Our love for Japanese style has also inspired Australian interior design and architecture. The natural, minimalistic style is very popular and on trend. It also reflects the growing appreciation of a ‘less is more’ approach to life and simplifying our busy lives. A long way from the token and fashionable futon in decade’s past, the influence on interior and exterior design is now extensive and impressive. The same is said for garden and landscape design and Australia’s appreciation for sacred space. Often translated to simple urban styling, enthusiasts don’t need to travel far to access décor, furnishing and professional designers to execute Japanese styling in Australian homes.
#3 We love Japan
Our own experience has been to witness a growing number of families travelling to Japan for an affordable and exciting overseas holiday. The distances are not so onerous (as Europe or USA) and the powder skiing in Winter is a big attraction. Social media certainly plays a part to inspire Australians at home when we share incredible sights and experiences in real time.
The number of Australians visiting Japan in the past 10 years has grown by 264%, with more than 360,000 visitors in 2016. Of all the countries visited by Australians, Japan ranks 8th.
According to these statistics there has been a decline in the number of Japanese visitors to Australia during this period. Still, the number of visitors in 2016 was an impressive 410,000, the sixth highest in the rankings of all international visiting countries.
#4 It’s all Japanese for the kids
For non-Australians, it may be surprising to learn that a large proportion of public schools in Australia teach Japanese to primary school age children, and throughout High School. Cultural exchange programs are also available to many Japanese and Australian students. This is engaging many young Australians and their families in Japanese style and the unique qualities of the Japanese culture. This would also imply some priority on the part of Australian governments to build ties and relationships with this trading partner. For parents, we’re loving the opportunities this is creating for our children, to travel and work in Japan.
#5 Japanese style & fashion
While the Kimono is not likely to be the first choice for Australia street wear, traditional Japanese style and clothing has certainly had its influence in modern couture since WWII. Not surprising when you see the perfect styling and beautiful fabrics enjoyed by traditional and contemporary Japanese. The legacy on fashion trends, including androgyny, is well documented and incomparable. In recent times, iconic global labels like Armani and Louis Vuitton have been defined by the influences of Japanese style.
#6 That’s pop culture!
We couldn’t wrap this up without a comment about the extraordinary influence Japanese style has had on popular culture and therefore the connections this forges to our youth. Iconic brands like Nintendo, PlayStation, Toyota, Sony, Transformers, Power Rangers, Tamagotchi, Pokémon, not to mention manga, anime and box office cinema, have all been central to the lives of the ‘digital generations’ over the last 30 years. ‘Made in Japan’ is now synonymous with quality and success.
Other Japanese words that are entrenched in our lives are easy to enlist; karaoke, karate, judo, sumo, kimono, bonsai, origami, nori, wasabi, gingko, tempura, soy, tofu, origami and Zen. There is no doubt that the influences on our culture are strong and enduring. Could we say the same for the impact of the Aussie culture in Japan? Perhaps not, but there is certainly evidence of their appreciation for our cultural diversity, hard-working and friendly nature, our big skies and open spaces, golden beaches and adventurous spirit. A testament to our mutual cultural awareness and respect.
- Posted by Merrin
- On May 24, 2017
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