Wabi-sabi

 

わびさび

More failure embracing wisdom from the Far East, this time from Japan who celebrates its National Day today. The principle of "Wabi-sabi" refers to a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.

Our son Chase brought me the perfect gift from his pilgrimage last year to Japan (and ‘pilgrimage’ is was hiking the 300+ miles of the ancient Tokaido road which links Tokyo and Kyoto). A cream coloured wabi-sabi piece of pottery (see picture directly below). I use it for serving maple syrup as its inadvertent indentations provide the adversity inspired advantage of facilitated pouring. I like the idea that consummate sweetness pours from its fault.

Another very specific example of wabi-sabi in pottery is “kintsuki/kintsukuroi” (see below). "Kintsukuroi" is the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver joining the pieces and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken (thanks Steve). The ultimate (and literal) ‘silver lining’.

 

Kintsukuroi pot

金継ぎ/金繕い (Kintsukuroi)

Wabi Sabi cup

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