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5 Japanese Principles That Encourage Purposeful Living

Appreciating the impermanence of life, avoiding waste and embracing your uniqueness are just some of the principles you'll be introduced to

Japan's popularity as a travel destination has made more people familiar with phrases like wabi-sabi, kintsugi and kaizen Photo: Copyright: Shutterstock

The custom of gazing at cherry blossoms from March to May is called hanami, or 'flower viewing', and it urges spectators to appreciate the beauty of the flowers while keeping in mind their transient nature. This ritual is said to have started in the 8th century and has now spread all over the world where cherry blossoms sprout. Hanami is just one of many Japanese practices and philosophies that have captured the imagination of people worldwide.