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  • Professor Itou said the word wabi originally meant “sad” or “lonely” but also meant “balanced” or “peaceful.”

    The Season of Risks

  • I must be out of the loop because I hadn't heard the term wabi-sabi before, although I have embraced the concept whole-heartedly without naming it.

    A Special Day at the Wabi-Sabi House

  • This is an example of the idea of wabi, understated beauty, which was first distinguished and praised when expressed in poetry.

    Japanese Aesthetics

  • In his book "Edward Weston: The Last Years at Carmel," the historian David Travis wrote that the cabin possesses "what the Japanese call wabi, which can be translated as quiet simplicity, humility, and even frugality."

    NYT > Travel

  • And so, Mark was taken by the idea of wabi sabi and started thinking about writing a children's book about this.

    Blue Rose Girls

  • In spirit, it is close to the traditional Japanese virtue of "wabi," which, far from shunning poverty as an evil, cultivates it as a good, a condition to be preferred, because in it lies freedom.

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • Ravelry synchronicity wabi-sabi recognizing options, and friends who help me do so

    Felix et errabunda XXXII

  • Swoim wdziękiem wabi on wszystkich przybyłych do złożenia mu, choćby krótkiej wizyty.

    2009 Wrzesień « Balkan United

  • The Gothic Revival was born from the appreciation of picturesque ruins, but even a twentieth century hipster might talk of wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic appreciation of transcience.

    Ruined gothic « Squares of Wheat

  • Picking something up off the side of the road and using it in a new way is wabi-sabi.

    How hot is it?

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  • approximately: beauty in natural quirks and rustic imperfections

    December 2, 2006