Himeji Castle: A National Treasure

Himeji Castle is commonly regarded as the most beautiful castle in all of Japan. Not only do its famous white walls and incredible 600-year history make it a national treasure, but it is also an official World Cultural Heritage Site. 

Wabi-sabi and the Japanese Identity

It is often said that the Japanese have a unique sense of aesthetics that is very different from Western standards of beauty. This sensibility is termed as wabi-sabi although it goes much deeper than just appreciation of art and beauty. It is a lifestyle and philosophy that is ingrained in the Japanese identity.