Wabi Sabi and the Art of Kintsugi
We call our store Wabi Sabi. So you may be wondering “What exactly is Wabi Sabi?”
As a Japanese person, I felt I understood the idea. (Or at least I should understand it!) However, I always found it difficult to explain. I figured it was about time I gave it a shot.
So here we go…
Wabi Sabi is the fundamental Japanese philosophy that recognizes and appreciates the beauty of impermanence and imperfection. It is a way of life based on the Zen Buddhist principles.
Two Ideas: Wabi + Sabi
Wabi Sabi refers to two key aesthetic concepts:
Wabi 侘び is the idea that modest and simple things are tasteful.
Sabi 寂び refers to the beauty that comes with the passage of time.
Being New or Young May Not Always the Best Thing
Everything in this world ages and becomes old, damaged, dirty, or chipped. The Wabi Sabi aesthetic does not see this as deterioration, but rather embraces the diverse beauty achieved through the passage of time.
In contrast to the Western aesthetic, which often emphasizes opulence, luxury, and symmetry, Wabi Sabi emphasizes simplicity, quietness, asymmetry, and blank spaces. This Wabi Sabi aesthetic has greatly influenced Japanese culture and values, including zen, tea ceremony, paintings, gardens, and arts and crafts.
Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi
Kintsugi is a Japanese practice that signifies the spirit of Wabi Sabi. It is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold or silver lacquer. It’s a beautiful way to restore things that have been damaged by time or accident. The mended cracks become part of its unique history and enhance its beauty. Rather than hiding flaws, Wabi Sabi encourages us to embrace them and even draw attention to them. (If you are interested in the technique, check out the DIY Kintsugi Kit.)
Wabi Sabi Way of Life
As I get older, I find myself resonating more and more with the Wabi Sabi philosophy and finding peace in the way of thinking.
It reminds us that everything, including ourselves and life itself, is temporary, incomplete, and imperfect. It teaches us to look for the beauty in imperfections and to accept the natural cycle of life.
Wabi Sabi teaches us to be content with our current situation. It guides us to shift our focus from pursuing perfection to appreciating what we have. I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. Thank you very much.
Koko from The Wabi Sabi Shop
P.S. I would love to hear what your take on Wabi Sabi. Please leave your comments below.