The two fundamental concepts of 和～fostering respect for the mind and connecting the world-was established by Prince Shotoku ” According to the Seventeen –article constitution” in the first article , the word「Harmony is to be valued, and an avoidance of wanton opposition to be honored」To understand the concept of “wa” we need to examine the Chinese character used, This character stems from the 7th century.
Breaking down the character of “龢“. There are several components in the character. A component for cereals (rice), a component for heart (humankind)and finally a component for the conglomeration of all the components (wall) “this individual, caring spirit”, should be part of our everyday lives. And the evolution of the human heart (much akin to the changing seasons of the year)is much like the beauty of flowing and unbroken values in Japanese society. “Beauty and the four seasons of the heart” is a part of the Japanese psyche.
「As a person ,this in everyday life, is something we should feel directly.」
Wa no kuni represents many approaches in representing an eternal continuous and strong link to the rest of the world
In order for a child to develop into an adult, personal development is crucial at various stages of life.
This is possible with a strong family environment, reinforced by the mother of the households the main building block.
This will lead us to the 5 key themes of WA-no-KUNI.