August 18, 2014

Japan spent an estimated US$ 27.9 billion on tourism in 2012

Japanese Customer suitcase copyright peter hanami 2007

Picture: Japanese customer with suitcase

"International Tourism expenditure in 2012 in billions $US

US 83.5

Britain 52.3

Japan 27.9

Australia 27.6"

Source: World Tourism Association, Australian Trade Commission, WSJ

Article: Out of a hole

By Ross Kelly & Rebecca Thurlow

The Weekend Australian, 

April 26-27, 2014, page 31

August 04, 2014

"Japanese.. wabi-sabi values character and uniqueness over a shiny facade" Rework Jason Fried

"the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi..values character & uniqueness over a shiny facade. it teaches that cracks and scratches in things should be embraced.It's also about simplicity. You strip things down and then use what you have"

Source: Rework - Change the way you work forever
By Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Page 182
Vermilion books, 2010