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By: Kate | October 15, 2015

No, it isn't something you put on sushi. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy relating to concepts of beauty and grace in culture and nature. Traced back to writings in the 13th century, and with many links to Shinto Buddhism, it has been described as the beauty of things "imperfect, impermanent and incomplete." 


Wabi-sabi comprises many ideas. Wabi means transient and stark beauty and sabi refers to the beauty of natural patina and aging. This is linked to the concept of transience which is fundamental to the Buddhist philosophy. Wabi-Sabi cherishes beginnings and endings, and the evidence of changes that occur with the passing of time. It prefers to show a flower in bud or in decay rather than in full bloom. It cherishes the dent i...

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