Why we often call Japanese style “和風【WA-FUU】”, harmonized style instead of “Japanese way”.

JAPAN is placed in the far east of the world map. Various kinds of cultures come from West through Silk Road and stopped , and harmonized in Japan.

We often call  Japanese way or Japanese taste “和風【 WA-FUU 】” ,  instead of 日本風【NIHON-FUU】.   和【WA 】means harmonize( and 風【FUU】means  way or style).

Japan is a country which a lot of people moved from all over the wolrd.

Japan is often drawn on the eastern edge, “極東【KYOKU-TO】;Far East" on a map of the world. Various cultures were transmitted from the west to the east, South, North and finally “和【WA】harmonized” in Japan in the Far East, then becoming”和風【WA-FU】 ;Japanese style cultures.

Many cultures have flowed from the west to the east of the Eurasian Continent through the Silk Road. Then, it arrived in Japan at the very end, “和【WA】harmonized” there and became Japanese culture.







聖徳太子【SYOUTOKU-TAISHI】 made a rule
Even now, we call Japanese style culture “和風【WA-FU】.
Since the time when 聖徳太子【Shotoku-Taishi】stipulated in the first of the constitution,
“Wa or harmonize is very precious”,
Japan has become a country that being on good relationship each other or
harmonious is the most important thing.
Syotokutaishi had become a portrait of bill 7times so far and it is the most frequent.


正倉院【Shosoi】 in奈良【Nara】prefecture. The treasures transmitted from Silk Road were kept in.

It is thought that the sunburns, pearl shells are from Southeast Asia, amber is from Myanmar or China,

Turquoise is from Iran and Lapis lazuli is from Afghanistan.

Influenced by the Sarsan morning Persian sacred tree poultry crest.

Yoshimi Ito considers the motif of sheepskin folding screens as matching with “Bundhishun”

as the origin of Zoroastrianism .


From ancient time,Japan had been sent envoys to continent and peninsula and influenced by those cultures.

Only Edo period, closed the country and unique cultures has grown among peaceful 200 years.

Now,we can enjoy these cultures even now as traditional cultures like Kabuki theater Rakugo

literature entertainment.

At Meiji era, estemeted Western cultures.

After the world war2, America

Nowadays, there are so many kinds of restaurant which serve foreign foods ,

Island We are interested in other countries culture very much



After the long history, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, Taoism

and so on mixed and harmonized to become the background of the

spirit of Japanese.


七福神【SHICHIFUKU-JIN】Seven lucky gods includes Indian , Chinese  and Japanese gods.

They are all smiling together.



For example, 大黒【Daikoku】was the God of Hindu, Mahakala.


Japanese language's feature also include various ways

Japanese language is also consisted with  ひらがな【HIRAGANA】,カタカナ【KATAKANA】,

漢字【KANJI】and recently alphabets.

“Japanese agriculture tribe” tyeory

There is also a theory that Japanese people had been

agricultural races for a long time and they respect corporation

and harmony in Wtsuji Teturo’s autor , 風土【FUDO】;climate.


「風土FUDO」Tetsuro Watsuji, published by Iwanami bunko paperback,1972, Tokyo





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