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The Rules of Wa offers readers a fresh and enlightening look into 50 cornerstones of Japanese aesthetics from master designer and lifestyle expert Emiko Kato.


Though many mainstays of Japanese interior and design principles date back to over 1,200 years ago, they are not simply relics of the past; rather they are essential facets of the Japanese lifestyle itself.

Learn how ancient thought about transience, empty space, and nature have contributed to 21st century contemporary Japanese design concepts of simplicity, well-lit spaces, and clean lines.


About the Author

Emiko Kato

Emiko Kato is an interior designer and designer of products related to residential housing. She is also well versed in the area of lifestyle research and table setting. Her modern designs that combine Japanese and European life styles are highly regarded throughout the design industry, frequently prompting requests for her to pen articles and hold lectures.

She has published a wide range of titles including Crash Course on Speaking Like a Lady, The Rules of Elegance, The Rules of Aesthetics, and Une Bonne Vie – Rules for Simple and Graceful Living. Her titles have sold a total of 530,000 copies collectively. 

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