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.