Definition of wabi in English:

wabi

Syllabification: wa·bi
Pronunciation: /ˈwäbē
 
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noun

  • (In Japanese art) a quality of austere and serene beauty expressing a mood of spiritual solitude recognized in Zen Buddhist philosophy.
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    • David Valls told audiences that baroque minimalism was the effect of his collection, but that the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi lay as the basic inspiration.
    • The Japanese word wabi means a beautiful work of art with a distinctive flaw that expresses the humanity of its creator.
    • The collapse of the ego became a concrete goal and the Japanese theory of wabi - where a tiny hairline fracture can elevate one teacup among a hundred other perfect ones to a state of aesthetic glory - a code to live by.

Origin

Japanese, literally 'solitude'.

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