At our store, Wabi Sabi, you may be curious about the meaning behind its name. As a Japanese individual, I have a strong connection to the concept, though explaining it has proven to be a challenge in the past. However, I'd like to take this opportunity to share my understanding of it.
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that celebrates the beauty of impermanence and imperfection. It's rooted in Zen Buddhist principles and is a way of life.
Wabi and Sabi
Wabi Sabi consists of two elements: Wabi and Sabi. Wabi represents the appreciation for simple, modest things, while Sabi represents the beauty that comes with age and 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 values the unique beauty that comes from aging, wear and tear, and imperfections. This philosophy has had a significant impact on Japanese culture, influencing art, crafts, gardens, tea ceremonies, and more.
Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi
Kintsugi embodies the essence of Wabi Sabi, being a Japanese practice that restores broken pottery using gold or silver lacquer. It transforms damaged pieces into unique works of art by highlighting, rather than hiding, the cracks and imperfections. The mended pieces are now part of their history and add to their beauty. If you're interested in trying it yourself, check out the DIY Kintsugi Kit.)
Wabi Sabi Way of Life
As I get older, I find myself becoming more and more aligned with the Wabi Sabi philosophy, finding comfort in its way of thinking.
Wabi Sabi reminds us that everything, including ourselves and life, is fleeting, imperfect, and incomplete. It encourages us to find beauty in these imperfections and to embrace the natural cycle of life.
By embracing the Wabi Sabi philosophy, we learn to be satisfied with what we have and to shift our focus away from the pursuit of perfection. I'm grateful for your time in reading my post. Thank you.
Koko from The Wabi Sabi Shop
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