That's not a Wabi Kusa. Wabi Kusa is the ADA brand name for a ball of sphagnum wrapped around some stones, which plants are grown in. The whole "emersed plants in a paludarium vase" is purely a US corruption of the concept.
^ I am curious as well... alot of the pics in the link look just like the two 'faux' wabi kusa shown here.
Also, if a real wabi kusa is just sphagnum wrapped around rocks with plants growing in it, what makes it a legit ADA wabi kusa?
Is it just that it is sold by ADA, so it is a proprietary thing? Like calling all tissues kleenex?
It's like calling any 60cm tank a "60-P", which is the ADA brand name. Though this is much more apples and oranges, because these kinds of emersed bowls have basically nothing to do with actual ADA wabi-kusa. The faux wabi kusa I posted is just that, a false/fake/copycat plant ball that I made to mimic the original ADA version.
I guess I would say that as words are borrowed, adapted etc, why can't we borrow the Wabi-Kusa, just the way Magic-Maker is a felt tip pen and Kleenex is actually a tissue
just my 1/2 cents
Because these emersed vases have nothing to do with actual wabi kusa, as I already explained above. "Wabi Kusa" is slapped on as a moniker to everything from paludariums to some dirt in a dish, either out of ignorance of the actual product, or because it's ~Japanese~ and that makes it cool. 90% of the information in the US hobby about wabi kusa is wrong interpretations of third hand knowledge that was basically made up on the spot.
so the meaning of the word has changed. that happens often, particularly when adapted into a different language.
"gay" meant happy once...
I still use it gay in place of happy.
I'm determined not to let the English language die.
Everyone should speak with purple prose.
Not really... That would be annoying.
On a side note. If not Wabi Kusa we should give its its own cool American name. Make it huge and smile when we see it used across the nation and possibly the world one day.
I really want to set up one of these. Cheap fun cool project.
I can't seem to find the right materials though. Nothing is really jumping out at me.