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"Wabi-Sabi"

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese concept that recognizes beauty in asymmetric, imperfect, incomplete, and transient objects.

"Wabi-Sabi"

            Wabi-sabi appreciates beauty in objects that are simple, rough, modest, and imperfect either by choice or by nature.  Zen Buddhism encourages a sensitivity to the Wabi-Sabi of life's true meaning.  There is peacefulness in recognizing the  beauty of the world's imperfections.

 

Wabi-Sabi is a blend of two Japanese words with different original meanings.  “Wabi” can be defined as modest or rough, while “Sabi”, in modern Japanese, refers to rust and decay. It also conveys a joy in the peace and quietness of something that has stood the test of time.  Examples of Wabi-Sabi include a unevenly fashioned bamboo cup - a roughly built house of wood - or a walkway filled with accumulated stones.  



     Wabi-Sabi elicits the unique sense of beauty revealed when an object has been shaped or worn down by nature and now abides in a state of incompleteness thus evoking serenity, humility, and tranquility.

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