‘Fuji’ apple has been around since the 1930s, when it was first developed in Japan. A true heirloom apple, ‘Fuji’ offers crisp, sweet flesh. It’s a great choice for fresh eating and cooking. Choose ‘Fuji’ for a no-sugar applesauce—its sweet flesh doesn’t need sugar.
Meet the national tree of Japan. Cryptomeria handles pruning well and can be easily maintained to a just-right size for your space. Plants grow rapidly, reaching a mature height of 5-10 feet tall and 4-8 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9. Botanical name: Cryptomeria japonica ‘PIICJ-I’
Ligustrum is an evergreen native to Japan which is commonly grown for ornamental use in California, Texas and throughout the Southeastern US. Popular with homeowners in urban and rural settings, ligustrum thrives in full sun and partial shade, it’s also tolerant to pollution, and adapts to different types of soil.
The shared public space at Smithfield Cottage makes use of the home's original design features like an ornate Chinoiserie wooden mantel that includes two nooks for lamps. Asian details were a common motif in the Victorian era, with the opening of China and Japan to the West, and designer Glenn Wallace has played up that historic feature in contemporary Asian elements throughout the home.
Elements from all over the world were used to create an eclectic mix for this master bedroom, including bedding from India, a shoji screen and hanging scroll from Japan, a traditional lantern from China and hand-painted ceramics from Vietnam. Belgian linen draperies grace the window, and simple Belgian linen panels ensconce the bed. A large sheepskin rug adds an element of warmth and luxury.
Designer Jennifer Gilmer wanted a large freestanding tub and a shower in her master bath, but lacked the room to put them side by side. A trip to Japan inspired her to combine the two in an open space — this arrangement is common there. The light-flooded modern bathroom, with black mosaic tiled floor and insets and tan subway tile walls, features a deep sink, ceiling-mounted rain shower and oval-shaped pedestal bathtub.
Popular in Japan, ‘Little Angel’ burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis var. microcephala ‘Little Angel’) is a new plant to Western gardens. It’s a terrific groundcover that’s rabbit resistant. Oval, rosy-red flowers appear in mid- to late summer. Red flowers contrast prettily with variegated white-edged green leaves. Burnet adapts to boggy or moist soil, and also does well in containers—it makes a striking hanging basket. Plants grow 8 to 10 inches tall by 10 to 12 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.