Tofugu has an interesting article about Japanese Web Design and why it’s so different from US and European design. If you’ve ever been to a .co.jp site, you’ll recognize these elements of the Japanese web aesthetic.
- Lots and lots of tightly packed text
- Tiny images
- Three-column layouts (making this not look like utter shit was the “holy grail” of web design before smartphones ruined the web)
- poor or minimal use of whitespace and padding
- links are usually blue
- it’s a fucking mess
You’ll want to read the article to understand why. There are legitimate reasons.