Wabi-Sabi – the Japanese aesthetic of beauty
We live in a world where new is good – perfection is strived for – and young is beauty. We thought however that we would share with you today a beautiful aesthetic that the Japanese believe in – it is the principal of Wabi-Sabi. In a nutshell, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and accepting the natural cycle of growth. It is simple, uncluttered and it values authenticity above all else. Wabi-Sabi is about flea markets instead of big box stores and malls; it’s about aging wood not laminate. The principals of wabi-sabi celebrate crack and crevices and believe that it is a sign that loving has left behind.
It is so easy to disgard what isn’t new and forget what has aged – but stop and look closely next time at a pot that isn’t perfect – a flower that isn’t fully standing tall – or the aged face of the people around you – they all have a story to tell.