February 22, 2006

詫び寂び (Wabi-sabi)

詫び寂び (Wabi-sabi)

Japanese noun that does not translate into English

Wabi-sabi is "humble simplicity" in the dictionary. Wabi-sabi is a way of life and a way of art. The sparse and simple Japanese aesthetic of rush matted rooms and white-papered screen doors is based on wabi-sabi. The art of ikebana (flower arranging) is wabi-sabi. The rigor of haiku and simple poetic forms is wabi-sabi. Tea ceremony is wabi-sabi.

Kristen McQuillin

Posted by dwaber at 02:55 PM