What is Wabi Sabi?

“Sabi was refined over the years to emphasize a state of receptivity, fostered in remote natural settings. This positive aloneness was joined to the wabi appreciation of the understated and unrefined to form a phrase with deep resonance for the contemplative mind. People would dream of living in simple enlightened appreciation of nature.”

– Richard R. Powell from Wabi Sabi for Writers (pg. 7)

“Sabi originally meant the gradual appearance of the inner essence of things.” – Aine in an insightful essay written at Tokyo’s Sophia University.


For a detailed definition of Sabi, see this post.

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