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Something real for a change
on July 26, 2007
Readers of this beautiful little book should consider that perhaps this author understands Wabi Sabi better than most of those who have written at length about it. Rather than analyzing it from a Western perspective, Diane Durston uses quotes from many famous Japanese authorities on art. literature and the tea ceremony, as well as from Western authors to convey a feeling that even Japanese refuse to try to define. The many quietly elegant photographs also make this point. Wabi sabi is a mood, an atmosphere, an experience, and in the author's own passages, which she has clearly written from the heart, she evokes a clearer sense of this abstract idea than any other "gaijin" book I have read on this subject.