Posted by Anton Katunin on 12 November 2016
Tags: terms

In Russian culture (and I've heard in Chinese as well) people prefer brand new feel to things. During my traveling in Europe and Japan I've discovered that I like old furniture and buildings there. Each one of them what I call "has character".

About a year ago, I've discovered the term wabi-sabi, which did sound familiar from my past observations.

from Wikipedia: Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete"

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

I think it's a great world view to adopt. Not just from economic perspective, but also I see it's more inline with nature, as there are no any two organisms which are identical. Even twins are different in so many ways. Every living creature is special and unique. And I think we should appreciate that more.

A video about wabi-sabi through which I've discovered it from.

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