Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wabi Sabi is.......

 For my first Post I thought I should define what exactly Wabi Sabi is. Well define as best as anyone can. This is the most concise description I could find.

Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional...

It is also two separate words, with related but different meanings. "Wabi" is the kind of perfect beauty that is seemingly-paradoxically caused by just the right kind of imperfection, such as an asymmetry in a ceramic bowl, which reflects the handmade craftsmanship, as opposed to another bowl, which is perfect, but soul-less and machine-made.
"Sabi" is the kind of beauty that can come only with age, such as the patina on a very old bronze statue.

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