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Wabi-Sabi PhillyIrene Style

Updated: May 21

I saw a BBC documentary where an Englishman traveled to Japan to see if he could discover the essence of WABI-SABI. Wikipedia has some rather concise definitions of Wabi-Sabi, along with a longer narrative of the history of these words. Our BBC Englishman was never handed any definite and precise definition as he journeyed throughout Japan asking his question. But at the end of his stay, he did come away with a feeling for his personal Wabi-Sabi. So likewise, using one of those concise Wikipedia definitions as my starting point, I'd like to share my personal view of Wabi-Sabi and how it has touched and changed my outlook on growing older.


WABI-SABI (no relation to Wasabi ; )

WABI connotes "...simplicity, freshness or quietness ...also refers to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction which adds uniqueness and elegance to an object." SABI is "beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs."

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