I am looking at the last number of Domus (italian achitectural magazine). Then i look at the last issue of shinkenchiku (jp arch mag). One can easily see the two different approach. Domus presents some recent projects around the world, essays on geography, art, design… There is not so much about details, a lot about the cultural thinking behind the act of architecture. Japanese magazines usually show spaces (architecture) through projects, details, models. The main focus is the building process because architecture is about building while european (italian especially) is about architecture as a cultural statement.
In this example I think one can see one of the biggest differences between the two culture:
western culture creates the form after a cultural/philosophical consideration; in japan form comes in a more spontaneous way and brings implicit meanings.