Asian Furniture, Japanese Beds & Feng Shui

Posted on Apr 07, 2014

Feng Shui

What is Feng Shui? This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for the people who inhabit that space. To translate, Feng means wind, and Shui means water. In Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, thus good Feng Shui came to mean good fortune, while bad Feng Shui means bad luck or misfortune. Historically, Feng Shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of Feng Shui, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.

      The Yin Yang theory is one of the main theories of all ancient Chinese schools of thought. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), ancient martial arts, feng shui, the I Ching, and the whole Taoismcosmology are all based on the dynamics of Yin and Yang. According to this theory, everything in our Universe is composed of two opposing, but deeply interconnected forces--the Yin (feminine) and the Yang (masculine). The interaction of these two Feng Shui forces creates the essence of life around us. One cannot exist without the other, as in their seeming opposition, they deeply support and nourish each other.

      Feng Shui was suppressed in China during the cultural revolution in the 1960s, but since then has increased in popularity. Since Japan has a small land-mass compared to its large population, the Japanese people have been forced in recent centuries to use their available space efficiently, and Japanese Feng Shui serves this purpose effectively and aesthetically. 

Feng Shui

      So, if you have a smaller than average dining-room, bedroom or living-room, then fear not, because this ancient tradition can serve your domestic needs as well. For example, platform storage beds incorporate drawers to save precious space and to allow easy access to blankets, sheets, and pillows. For proper FengShui, in terms of bedroom furniture that is designed with the concepts of simplicity and harmony, consider any one of these four Japanese bed-frames: Tatami, Kenso, Tomaru or Arata.

      The principles of Feng Shui will allow you to integrate beauty into your home in a systematic way that family members, housemates and visitors will surely notice and appreciate. Although Feng Shui has many levels and complexities, you can easily transform any room in your home by simply rearranging furniture, lamps, knickknacks and artwork according to the traditional ‘9 directions grid’ (provided below for your convenience). If you need some help getting pointed in the ‘right direction’, so to speak, then just click on the following link to learn more about the basics of Feng Shui.

Feng Shui


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