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Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2007
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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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
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I've had this book for years, along with pretty much all the other Wabi Sabi books out there and this is one of my favorites.

I think what makes it so are the author's stories. They invoke a feeling of the "essence of Japan" for me. I could never find a term to describe this "essence" until I found Wabi Sabi.

I don't claim to be a Wabi Sabi expert. But, I am half-Japanese and have been to Japan, where I first discovered Wabi Sabi before I had a name for it.

This book will not be everyone's cup of tea but for me it is always close by.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 27, 2007
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I did spot this book while waiting in line at the bookstore. And later went back and bought a second copy for a friend. Yes, it is a little light and cutsey. And it does contain western quotes. Who says Zen masters have lock on the idea of Wabi Sabi? Aren't antiques valued for their patinas? Don't Quaker and Shaker beliefs tout simplicity? I think this little book is a good bridge for Westerners to help them understand the ideas behind Wabi Sabi. I believe that Wabi Sabi is an idea which should expand throughout many cultures, not be tightly bound to just one. And, oh yes, I have read Leonard Koren's Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. Hummm....he doesn't sound Japanese to me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2010
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Today with the emphasis on striving for perfection when I heard about this book I knew I wanted to read it. Wabi Sabi...finding beauty in imperfection. This is definitely an art. This book is a healing balm to the soul for us imperfect beings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2013
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I was interested in learning more about the Wabi-Sabi concept but this diminutive book had too many quotes from other people and not enough information from the author herself.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2008
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Wabi Sabi introduces the perspective that old, worn and often-used items have an intrinsic beauty and value. Their value lies beyond their usefulness and/or beauty...just as some old people have an inner glow that shines through, old, worn items offer something more...beyond their use. Stories and quotes exemplify the ideas offered in this fine little book. Melinda L. Crawford
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2013
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Wonderful little book on the importance of imperfection in the Japanese Culture...Gave it to grandson and friends to start
a new way of looking at things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2015
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the design and varied typography as well as the photography obviously were painstakingly thought out and the result is elegance. it is a perfect size for portability to soothe and comfort one while traveling and even inspire one to see new things with more depth and to see old things as new. it is also a perfect gift.
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on December 12, 2013
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I should have read the details more closely. I didn't realize it was so small. But it is handy for tucking in my bag for work this way so it worked out fine. The content is mostly quotes that speak the the philosophy, again, which was not what I was expecting, but it's easy to pick up and put down at work.
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on October 21, 2014
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I have used this book as a go to as a calming and uplifting tool to regain peace and control of all the grinding bumps in the road of living. Wouldn't do without it- very centering and I keep it in hand every day.
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