Wabi Sabi 侘寂

The Japanese Art of Imperfect, Impermanent, and Incomplete

Dating over 500 years ago, the Zen philosophy of Wabi Sabi was introduced into the Japanese tea ceremony. This philosophy of accepting imperfection, natural aging, and finding beauty with the ascetic matter has become a key aesthetic in all Japanese arts & crafts today. 

What is Wabi Sabi? 

In specific, “Wabi” means frugal and poor while “Sabi” means aged and withered. On a deeper level, “Wabi-Sabi” is interpreted as finding value in things that are not permanent and luxurious, but respecting the natural transience of things that come to an end, and respecting old, traditional forms as beautiful.