“Not the direct glow of the sun, but the broken of the moon is beautiful”
Just as Zen Buddhism is unknown to millions of Europeans, Wabi-Sabi sounds at least alien to most people. Many, however, know for sure that this is an old Japanese aesthetic concept, which is little known to us, which teaches us differently to perceive the beauty around us. Wabi Sabi is an almost Japanese term for aesthetics. It is sought in simple simple things that can be imperfect, even deficient. If you have a special interest in new, inadequately researched areas, you will continue to motivate and encourage our present article to discover the unknown in a different way and to discover something special in the imperfect. We invite you to a new trip to a new spa in order to find together the Japanese beauty ideals of organic forms and individual solutions. Would you like to join us?
Wabi Sabi Aesthetics illustrates the Japanese beauty ideals
What does Wabi Sabi mean?
This question is difficult to answer because it is not easy to translate the two words Wabi and Sabi into German. They are rather a non-translatable conceptual unit, the real content of which is difficult to explain to Japanese. Nevertheless, we are trying to reveal this secret.
Originally, Wabi meant”lonely in nature”or”far away from society”. Sabi was like”withering,””being old, showing patina, having maturity”. This original meaning changed in the 14th century and the very special word composition got more positive connotations. Wabi is now called rustic simplicity, freshness and tranquility, even simple elegance. Sabi means beauty and serenity, which appear better with age, let us think of the transience more often, despite wrinkles in the human face and traces of use on the objects. In today’s Japanese, Wabi Sabi can be summarized as”aesthetics in natural simplicity”. One can define them with”imperfect beauty”. If you want to research further, you will find many other interpretations, for example in the works of renowned experts in the field such as Leonard Koren, Andrew Juniper or Richard R. Powell.
Wabi Sabi is hard to translate into German
History about the Japanese Wabi Sabi concept
The history of Wabi-Sabi aesthetic concept is closely linked to Zen Buddhism. The first beginnings of this philosophy of life could be found quite early in the period of Japanese antiquity (7th to 11th century). The term Wabi-Sabi officially emerged in the 16th century and quickly spread through Japan. He was introduced in this form by the Japanese Tea Master and Zen Monk Sen no Rikyū. But in the whole of the Middle Ages, as early as the twelfth century, this view spread throughout Japan, even in other Far Eastern countries.
The Japanese aesthetic concept Wabi Sabi is gaining in popularity even in Europe
Aesthetic values of Wabi Sabi
Wabi Sabi is often referred to as Japanese aesthetics or the beauty of the imperfect. In this, everyone, whether a professional or a layman, uncovers the individual way of personally discovering the beauty around us. Each individual person sees the beauty through his eyes and perceives it individually. That is why Wabi Sabi teaches us that beauty is individual and small blemishes can not disturb their perception, on the contrary, these make beauty even more perfect. That is why you will notice a definite tendency towards perfection at Wabi Sabi and this teaching can be called a perfectionism in the Japanese way.
The feeling for Japanese aesthetics allows us to look at simple things and to discover the beauty in the finishing. Unpretentious and simple things are much nicer than those with glamor and glamor. Although it is difficult to understand this statement in the West, let alone to communicate it, one can compare the Japanese aesthetic concept with the so-called modern minimalism and look for certain touch points with the Shabby chic style.
Minimalism in Japanese
Wabi Sabi at the Innendesign
What we can take with us from the Wabi-Sabi philosophy of life and use it lightly in the interior design of our own four walls would be the beauty of imperfection. Do not necessarily aim for impeccability and symmetry in your room design, because it could be designed asymmetrically and also look delightful. Instead, focus on naturalness, organic forms and their immortality. A simple vase with beautiful flowers is eyecatching without appearing obtrusive. Small flaws, quirks or tiny flaws emphasize the individual look. You have to learn to perceive the things around you as they are.
Ikebana – the Japanese art of flower arranging
As for the most popular materials in design, depending on the Wabi Sabi teachings, you can point to stone, wood and metal. These substances become obsolete and show patina and aging traces, which is highly appreciated in Japanese aesthetics. Cracks in the wood, a rusted kettle, and the folds in our faces are the Japanese beauty ideals. For all these are symbols of maturity and reveal a rich life experience. And with Wabi Sabi, this is exactly what has always been the case.