While the Scots collected words for snow, the Japanese conceived words that are so ethereal, they defy language. Subtle and integral in daily life, they emphasize aesthetics and mindfulness.
Consider the word yūgen. It is referenced when one encounters something beautiful and profoundly moving; evoking an awe so deep it cannot be expressed with mere words. Another Japanese aspect of beauty is wabi-sabi, the traditional philosophy that accepts beauty as imperfect and embraces asymmetry and modesty. You can feel this respect for objects whenever you pick up a Japanese made product.
Mr. Naomasa Ochi founded Tabio Japan 50 years ago. It is a company that approaches sock making like an art form. We had the pleasure of speaking to him about his work and learning how tiny details can lead to a larger impact.