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joshua smith photography


What is Shizen Style?


ShizenStyle is a guide to designing your own lifestyle of  bringing nature and creativity into your modern life. Photography, Japanese garden design, etc. can all be forms of self-expression.

I explore various Japanese aesthetics like Wabi-sabi, Yugen, and Shizen and how they help balance a natural lifestyle in our busy modern world.

Shizen (自然) is the Japanese aesthetic concept of “nature,” “naturalness” and the "spontaneous," There is a creative design and purpose behind Shizen. It is not raw nature, or wilderness, but a style with artistic intent flowing with nature. 



My name is Joshua Smith, PhD. and I am a photographer and small business owner. My goal is to inspire others in their search for their own Shizen lifestyle - that's a modern life filled with creativity and nature.

I received my Master's and Doctoral degree in Cultural Sociology (Japanese Studies) from

Osaka University, in Japan.


Having lived, worked and studied in Japan for many years, this is the inspiration I draw upon for this melding of styles.

I appreciate and explore Japanese aesthetics (like Wabi-sabi and Yugen) in my photography and videos, discussions on Japanese garden design, interior design etc.

My family and I split our time between Buffalo, NY and Japan.

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