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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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  • 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