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post #890 of (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
Francis Xavier
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What is Wabi Sabi?

Wabi Sabi, a mysterious Japanese sense of aesthetics, which has most often been described as admiration for the imperfect - an admiration for something as simple as a patch of weeds growing alongside a rock, is easily misunderstood.

It is not quite so simple as merely saying that in your design you have achieved wabi sabi by letting things "grow wild," as there is a controlled chaos to it, a measured imperfection and an emotion.

To describe it, and for you to understand it, you must put yourself in an emotional state that inspires a deep, inner feeling.

Wabi Sabi re-igniting that feeling of love you felt for someone for the first time, heart racing and blood rushing to your head. That feeling of anticipation, waiting for the next time you meet or talk to that person. At the same time, it's that feeling of heart-break that spurns from that same love. While also being the desire to do it all over again.

To feel Wabi Sabi is to feel that entanglement of emotion and to express it and inspire it in other people - in this case, with aquatic plants.
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