Zen Buddhism has been around a long time in Japan, and has greatly influenced Japanese society, particularly art and design. Those rock and sand gardens in Kyoto (Japan's ancient capital) are Zen gardens, not Shinto gardens. The tradition of Zen calligraphy is very strong in japan, and the development of the Tea ceremony was greatly influenced by Zen Buddhism. These Zen arts had a great influence on the developoment of the Japanese design aesthetic. Of course, the samurai adopted Zen philosophy in the 13th century to release them from fear and instill a code of ethics.
What Americans do with the idea of Zen Buddhism doesn't take away from its importance in Japanese history.
Good one, thanks.
Seems to me that Steve did a lot of good with what he got from Zen. From Jony Ive too, no doubt.
Oops, I mean Sir Jony.