Wabi Sabi has ratings and 44 reviews. Kate said: So, you want an excuse for why the drawer in your coffee table is broken off? Why you haven’t replac. This is a short book, pages, that probably covers a bit more than it should in order to provide the depth that Wabi Sabi requires. But in doing. Wabi Sabi the Japanese Art of Impermanence. Andrew Juniper. () Heidegger on Technology and Gelassenheit: Wabi-Sabi and the Art of Verfallenheit.

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A more complex concept than the book explains, Juniper succeeds at simplifying wabi sabi into a materialistic concept and practice, missing the spiritual, sensual nuances. The life it promotes puts little store in the accumulation of wealth or objects.

Really wanted to like this book as it is a topic that truly interests me, but didn’t like the writing style.

I might come back to it in the future. Mar 08, Elly Sands rated it it was amazing. Oct 28, Debby Debryana rated it really liked it. Wabi sabi seeks the purity of natural imperfection. Wabi sabi, as a tool for contemplation and a philosophy of life, may have an unforeseen relevance as an antidote to the rampant unraveling of the very social fabric, which has held humans together for so long. No trivia or quizzes yet. Yet, the philosophy underlying wabi sabi drinks deeply from zen, advocates a worldview far removed from the pursuit of hedonism pervading society nowadays.

I think Juniper is a devout embracer of the idea and wants to encourage others to follow in his footsteps but, before he could share how he truly felt, he had junniper explain what it all meant and what it all means today. This book starts so well, explaining how the flaws in an object can increase how good the product is and essentially means that it is unique and there are more things to appreciate.

And why there is so asbi blank space in wabi sabi inspired drawings and artwork.


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Wabi sabi uses junioer evanescence of life to convey the sense of melancholic beauty that such a understanding brings. You bought it and read it to better understand the tea ceremony and wabi sabi pottery and art. Jan 25, Johann rated it really liked it. Trivia About Wabi Sabi: The Development of Wabi Sabi Culture: Jan 18, Roxane Beth Johnson rated it really liked it.

The Japanese Art of Impermanence is such a good book. Don’t get me wrong, you’re not getting a definitive definition here. Other editions – View all Wabi Sabi: It refrains from all forms of intellectual entanglement, self-regard, sabi affectation to discover the unadorned truth of nature. How it glints and glitters in the sun!

Juniper showcases wabi sabi’s anerew and underlying principles, role in the tea ceremony and traditional Japanese gardens, connection to Zen Buddhism, it’s historical ebb and flow, past commercialization and corruption by wealthy enthusiasts, and how one can dabi wabi sabi into their lives. I have personally decided to never dust or vacuum again, since dust and debris is so breath-takingly beautiful.

Some, like the great Zen academic Daisetz Suzuki, suggest that it is a longing for the world we left as children, the world of the here and now, undefined by language or values, just a pure experience of reality.

Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence by Andrew Juniper

Death’s touch is seen as the best possible source of wisdom, for nothing can seem more important than anything else when the idea of not existing is brought into the equation. Many of the ideas in Zen I would describe as “simple but not easy. The Japanese Art of Impermanence by Andrew Juniper serves up some clarity with its interesting examination of what is an extremely challenging philosophical and artistic approach.

Jul 26, Vanessa rated it really liked it. The tea masters chose the rustic pots and the tiny modest hut as their symbols ahdrew beauty, and in doing so rejected all the finery and fashions in vogue with the ruling classes.

In addition to presenting the philosophy of wabi-sabi, this book includes how-to design advice—so that a transformation of body, mind, and home can emerge. One of the many books I read most of, but not all. That said, this book goes far in defining the indefinable. The Development of Wabi Sabi Culture: The etymology of the expression is revealing: I prefer reading books about art that have an artist sensibility tied to the writing.


The concept of wabi sabi is difficult to define because at its heart is a lack junlper codified rules, directives, or structures. As much a state of mind—an awareness of the things around us and an acceptance of our surroundings—as it is a design style, wabi sabi begs us andres appreciate the pure beauty of life—a chipped vase, a quiet rainy day, the impermanence of all aabi.

For those interested in Zen Buddhism and the art asthetic that sprang from it, this book is amazing. Refresh and try again. I gave up part way through the writing about the tea ceremony.

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However, these connotations were used in a much more positive way to express a life that was liberated from the material world. Japanese culture has been an unstoppable creative force whose influence on world culture saib art rival that of any other country.

It had to be tough for Andrew Juniper to write this book.

The beauty of Basho’s prose, however, took the negative aspects of old age, loneliness, and death, and imbued them with a serene sense of beauty. Read archived reviews of Asbi classics at jtimes. Yet as this year’s. This was my first read about the concept.

The author beautifully describes Wabi Sabi as an art, a philosophy, a way of seeing and living life. The compound suggests a desolate beauty transformed by weathering, the resulting patina of age creating an object or scene of exquisite maturity and taste.