Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life
'A truly transformative read' Sunday Times STYLE
'More than ever, we need books like this' Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast
A whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.
Wabi sabi ("wah-bi sah-bi") is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see bea...more
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The four concepts of Japanese style, from gaudy flashy to subdued earth colour palette like (where I am somewhere between Hade and Iki, so quite far from the Wabi Sabi subduedness) was interesting.
But this book is more something to experience, not much into content itself, inviting the reader to contemplate while speaking kind of soothingly to him or her. Normally I find self help books slightly annoying and shallow. Kemp ...more
1) Its approach to the "imperfect is perfect" philosophy is too superficial, with frequent repetitions of the phrase but little in depth exploration of the concept. I may be biased since ...more
I enjoyed the personal stories Kempton included, which I thought helped build some credibility. Cultural ideas can get easily distorted during the translation process, so it helps to see that the aut ...more
I found this to be a little gem of a book full of wonderful little anecdotes and genuinely useful hints and advice on how to achieve your own little piece of 'wabi sabi' in your day to day life - even the smallest of chores can bring joy if you look at them differently and that is a big theme running throughout this little book - it seems to be about how you look at a situation and how then to deal with it. Life ...more
I agree with the idea that everyone is capable of feeling wabisabi, but wabisabi I feel is mostly in the context of and reference in Japan. Isn't it just 'feeling content' rather than 'wabisabi'? Without historical/cultural relation, I find it hard to feel wabisabi, personally.(I am Japanese.)
Well researched. It's much better than famous Ikigai book, at least.
Then the other part is pure self-help bs about living your best mindful, imperfect, insta-puke life. That bit can go suck an egg, as can the "humble" brags and shameless plugs.
One of my favorite parts in the book is when Beth talks about self-help gurus and how they claim to have woken up one day and their life is now perfect.
Beth says, “I don’t buy it. We are all works in progress. Some of us happen to have had the opportunity to reflect, and perhaps have a platform from which to share what we are discovering as we go, but, in truth we are all learning from one ...more
The content is helpful, but brings a big disappointment.
The title might be misleading, that's why I was expecting something else.
In my opinion this book could have been called "Cinco Trinco" about Latin wisdom, or "Hindu Grindu" about Indian wisdom, or "Zahi Bahi" about Arabic wisdom!!
It is more of a self help book but in a different format.
1. Many thanks to @definitelybooks for sending over this beautiful book which I’ve been eyeing for some time now. I’m grateful to be able to add this to my bookshelf!
2. I love how the word “wabi sabi” sounds. My memory of it is of the sound of the word rolling off the tongue of our Japanese family friend’s young daughter followed by an eruption of giggles. It is a very fun word to say: WABI SABI.
3. So what is ...more
The writing is beautiful and authentic. With each flash back to the author's time in Japan it feels like it is us, the readers, living those moments and a ...more
ourselves in the quest for perfection, wabi sabi encourages us to value the perfectly imperfect.
This is not the first Japanese living book that I have read and let me say I am a big fan of the Japanese lifestyle and simplicity.
This book focuses on a living concept “wabi sabi” which couldn’t be defined in simply one word. This has drawn the author on an adventure of finding the definition and meaning of wabi sabi according to different people.
To try and sum it up from what I grasped from this book; living the moment, enjoying life, being simple, seeing beauty in things around.
This boo ...more