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  • noun A Japanese aesthetic that derives from imperfection and transience


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From Japanese わび・さび (wabi-sabi) or 侘・寂 (wabi-sabi)



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  • "Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete," wrote Leonard Koren in his book Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. It is a beauty of things modest and humble, and of "things unconventional." Peripherally associated with Zen Buddhism, wabi-sabi values characteristics that are rustic, earthy, and unpretentious, involving natural materials which are used neither representationally nor symbolically. (From ArtLex)

    June 5, 2008

  • I'm ashamed to say this always makes me think of wasabi.

    January 2, 2009

  • Wabi-sabi on Wikipedia

    April 1, 2009

  • This concept has been written about and discussed a lot but essentially this means, “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.”

    January 15, 2018