Blankets of White. 長野県 Nagano, Japan. How does landscape affect cultural ideology ? Can landscape be zen, or do we look at landscape as zen ? While studying the history and formation of zen aesthetics in Japan, and living in Nagano in central Japan, I began to wonder which came first? Just as the hot mess tropics of Miami bred Art Deco extravagance, what is the relationship between natural aesthetic ideas and cultural aesthetic ideas?