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Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  102 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Embrace tranquil simplicity, rustic elegance, and imperfect beauty. Diane Durston’s meditation on the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi will inspire you to focus on the blessings hiding in your daily life. Celebrating the way things are rather than how they should be, Durston encourages you to bask in the subtle joys of the natural world and cultivate an appreciation for ev ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Jul 29, 2013 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Baiba Kelley, Susan Bryant
Recommended to Peggy by: "Found" in San Diego bookstore
This is a delightful little book four inches square and at 368 pages about an inch thick; it is a very comfortable fit in the hand. Some of the writing is explanatory prose that seeks to share the meaning of Wabi Sabi, an eastern (Japanese originally) concept that means loosely " the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete... a beauty of things modest and humble ... a beauty of things unconventional" (as defined in English by Leonard Koren).

The majority of pages, however are sing
Beatriz Andrea Ortiz Fernandez
Jul 28, 2016 Beatriz Andrea Ortiz Fernandez rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-fiction
A nice, compact little volume for someone looking to get a feel for the idea and aesthetic of wabi sabi. It does not so much explain the concept as provide a selection of images, stories, and quotes that encapsulate the essence of the concept. The book is more illustrative and will not give you are hard-lined definition, defense, or explanation of the concept. However, given its minimal content, the book manages to hit many of the major ideas within the concept of wabi sabi. It is a simple, mini ...more
Jake Adelstein
Oct 14, 2011 Jake Adelstein rated it really liked it
A nice little coffee table book or rather ちゃぶ台 (Japanese tea table) book on two concepts of beauty in Japan: wabi and sabi. It has a number of very moving quotes, organized by sections like contentment, simplicity, etc. It's a nice book to contemplate in the midst of general busyness and some of the sayings collected are strikingly profound, while some are so smarmy that i want to reach across time and space and slap the individual that said them. Mmm....that may be my natural cynicism at work. ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
One of my favorite websites recently suggested that I consider learning about the life attitudes of Wabi Sabi. I found three books on the topic, of which this was one. It's a volume of short anecdotal stories, beautifully artful black and white photos and both new-to-me and very familiar quotations. The messages for the most part included living in the moment and that less is actually more. Interesting and inspiring.
Will Harrison
Jan 11, 2016 Will Harrison rated it it was amazing
Sooo incredibleeee, I was introduced to this philosophy / art-form back in Spring 2010 when I took a Philosophy of Art course & I'm happy I finally got around to reading more on Wabi Sabi, this book is such a treasure trove of a compendium of quotes & little stories! :) A must-read for those seeking to simplify life naturally & smoothly
Aug 28, 2012 Lis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012, japan
A thought provoking little book that is handy to pick up and dip into for a gem of inspiration. Not a wordy tome, just a collection of words, quotations, stories and poetry, illustrated with sepia photographs that add to an understanding of wabi sabi. There are contributions from a wide variety of sources, not just Japanese writers and thinkers, including John Keats, William Shakespeare, Socrates and Steve McQueen
The sections are headed: wabi, sabi, impermanence, imperfection, simplicity, humili
Katische Haberfield
Jan 26, 2014 Katische Haberfield rated it really liked it
loved it. simple but thought provoking, especially with use of photographs. I had seen the term wabi sabi around but didn't know what it was about. now i have an urge to drink tea and declutter my house :)
Ann L.
Jan 10, 2016 Ann L. rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ann by: bought at Border's Books
Shelves: spiritual
Great little spiritual book with a quote on each page.
Dec 09, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Aug 24, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Wonderful little book. It's primarily quotes, interspersed with brief character sketches of people she met in Japan. It's a very fast read, but one to continually re-read parts of.
Elizabeth Blake
Sep 22, 2012 Elizabeth Blake rated it it was amazing
Shelves: living
The concept of beautiful objects and impermanence is nicely covered in this small format book. It's a staple in our guest room and is showing signs of Wabi Sabi.
Sep 10, 2011 Kj rated it it was amazing
Excellent. A delicious and thoughtful little book with a big impact. Outstanding quotes, stories and photographs. This is a definite re-reader for me!
Aug 11, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
A good short book, filled with poems and artwork. The theme points towards living simply, and how to appreciate life more fully.
Mar 29, 2013 Amalia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
What a great little book. Full of sweet little nuggets of peace and simplicity. Great book to turn to for a little pick me up.
Aug 05, 2012 Kati rated it really liked it
This book is a little glurgy now and then, and I don't agree with everything in it, but overall I liked it.
Jul 18, 2012 Grant rated it really liked it
Fun book to flip open once in a while and learn from the simple wisdom
Jun 09, 2012 Tif rated it did not like it
Not what I expected and not interesting.
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