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  • n. 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)


  • Finding beauty in something old and rusty is wabi-sabi.

    You know you're a real gardener if ...

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

    Thank you very mulch.

  • They apprciate wabi-sabi out there and, trust me, this get-up is way wabi.

    Thank you very mulch.

  • 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

  • In case you missed the wabi-sabi lecture back in high school, it means something like "aesthetic transience."

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  • To make a porch inviting, approach the décor like you would any other room of the house - only with objects and furnishings that can withstand weather (or will fade gracefully, if you want a wabi-sabi effect). Chronicle

  • Imperfect Publishing, 96 pages ISBN: 978-1880656129 WHAT is wabi-sabi? - Articles related to Summit puts cinema under scanner

  • It was inspired by this Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which is about beauty and impermanence at the same time.


  • When I try to think of a paradigm for pursuing elegance through imperfection, the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi comes to mind.

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  • While you can't create a website that functions as a pure expression of wabi-sabi, finding ways to infuse our creations with a hint of wabi-sabi adds a new dimension to our work.

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  • 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

  • Wabi-sabi on Wikipedia

    April 1, 2009

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

    January 2, 2009

  • "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