Being here has solidified by admiration of the Japanese aesthetic, but unfortunately that doesn't translate into many disciplines in life, nor does the concept get held to the same standards. Japanese art has a strong yet subtle impact. It's not in your face. There is empty space to allow for personal interpretation. The message is woven deeply into the structure, making it stronger but sometimes even more subtle. There is a tendency for flat designs with no perspective, which I'm very drawn to because it really welcomes the viewers imagination to create the rest of the space in their mind.
Japan hasn't directly taught me anything conceptual—it just given me more to decode on my own and devise my own concepts from.