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Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

  • Author: Pattertravelers
  • Date Posted: Jul 15, 2015
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  • Address: Kyoto, Japan

 “Beauty and harmony in what is simple, imperfect, natural, modest and mysterious” what a wonderful concept to share.  Wabi Sabi is a great introduction to Japanese culture as Wabi Sabi the cat tries to find the meaning of his name.  As her master tries to explain, a haiku perfectly captures the cat’s behavior.

The cat’s tail twitching,
she watches her master, still
waiting in silence

Not satisfied with her master’s lack of response, Wabi Sabi sets off, determined to find the meaning of his name.  She asks Snowball the cat, Rascal the dog, and Kosho the Monkey, traveling to Mt. Hiei to find out what “wabi sabi” means.  After some struggle with the concept, she starts seeing beauty in the simplicity, the ordinary, and the imperfect.  The meaning of Wabi Sabi.

Wabi Sabi is a beautiful book with haiku accompanying the evolving story of Wabi Sabi as he tries to discover the meaning of his name.  In addition to the story, there are Japanese haiku written on each page, the translations which are available at the end of the story.   It is a great book for conveying the simplicity and beauty of Japanese culture, a concept “that’s hard to explain.”

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