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The cycle of life and decay: Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi

The concept on Wabi Sabi is the traditional Japanese aesthetics, is a world view of centred on the acceptance on imperfection and transience. It is all about appreciating the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete beauty that nature has to offer us.

The discovery of beauty in imperfections; acceptance of the cycle of growth and decay.

This concept is derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, especially impermanence, suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.

Characteristic of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

A great example of Wabi-Sabi is the art of kintsugi, where cracked pottery is filled with gold as a way to showcase the beauty of its age and damage rather than hiding it. All too often, when something is seen as damaged it is discarded, not repaired and cared for.

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