Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little Things: Wabi Sabi

Too often in our society we push or fix aside what isn't perfect. The wobbly chair. The slow electronic devise. The no longer shiny appliance. Last year's clothing styles. The squeaky floor board.

But what about those imperfections give the item character? Can imperfection be embraced? According to the Japanese belief of wabi sabi there is a beauty in such imperfections.
wabi stands for the imperfections, the loneliness, the asymmetry, or the simplicity in an object. Natural or human made, the object has a flaw, but the flaw provides a distinct and unique beauty to the object.
sabi refers to those imperfections that come from the passage of time. The object's beauty grows overtime as it's worn and torn and decays. Rust, rotting wood, discoloration, they all make for an object that has become more beautiful as time has passed. 
Living in an old city, there are so many examples of wabi sabi around. On the surface, at first look, one can think "another tired city" but I see stories and a history...if rust and old splintered wood could talk...what stories would they share?


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14 thoughts on the matter:

jandi said... {Reply}

yes, we live in a society that is quick to discard the imperfect...

aspiritofsimplicity said... {Reply}

I love everything about wabi-sabi and always have....even before I knew it was wabi-sabi. There is a great children's picture book called Wabi Sabi. I can't remember the author right now but I will find out and let you know.

vanity andme said... {Reply}

I did say I would pop over.! Old = character You're right.Thank you for hosting x

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

The imperfections as they are perceived, definitely tell a story.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

I love this idea! I'd never heard of wabi sabi!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

That's really cool. I had heard the term but never knew what it was about.

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Wabi sabi... such a lovely concept!

Carol Blackburn said... {Reply}

Cool post! Ummm, sometimes my hair looks a bit wabi sabi in the morning or after the beautician cuts it too short. Enjoy your day!

Mitzi Rice said... {Reply}

Oh, I love this! There is definitely a lot of beauty to be found among imperfections! These images are a perfect example of that!

Kathy McB said... {Reply}

I think my LIFE is "wabi sabi"....just learning to try to embrace it :)

Lr Jamison said... {Reply}

True appreciation to life's little imperfections.

Clairejustine oxox said... {Reply}

Lovely pictures, love the close up's :) Thanks for hosting ..

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Beautiful details - great shots! I so love imagining the stories this town could tell!!

Handmade in Israel said... {Reply}

I particularly love the piece of wood. Some beautiful photos here!