Wabi Sabi: the impermanent beauty of imperfection

Japanese philosophy and aesthetics have many intriguing concepts and wabi sabi is certainly one of them. In a simple way wabi sabi can be explained as an ideal prioritising authentic over artificial. While wabi looks for understated elegance in rustic, original humble simplicity of things, sabi highlights the importance of tranquillity and calm  mind during passage of time. Wabi-sabi concept offers to embrace imperfections and appreciate simplicity, natural state and deeper meanings in them. Although wabi-sabi ideas are popular in architecture and design, they are rooted deeply in philosophy and attitude to life. Wabi-sabi teaches us to accept what is not under our control, to strive for excellence rather than perfection, to appreciate failures and flaws, to live simple and slow down our pace. 

Join Azumi Uchitani in the conversation about Japanese ideas of wabi-sabi and what ‘beautiful’ means.

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Azumi Uchitani is an Intercultural business consultant, keynote speaker, writer, artist and founder of Japanese SALON art & culture, based in the Netherlands. She is a two-times TEDx speaker, appearing Dutch TV and media and delivering talks to an international audience in Europe and in the US. Azumi is on a mission to build an essential bridge between Japan and Europe, helping global leaders discover Japanese ancient wisdom beyond culture, teaching how to apply its wisdom in everyday life, act with inner peace and create conscious leadership and fulfilling life. Azumi decodes the complexity of Japanese culture, tradition, philosophy, spirituality and unspoken rules into a simple essence of wisdom. She was born into a traditional spiritual Japanese family and raised with the teachings of Shingon Buddhism and Shinto. The spiritual and cultural practices, such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy have always been a part of her life, besides that, her grandmother was a kimono maker. Her insights, a series of talks are available on her YouTube channel “5 minutes on Japanese Wisdom” on YouTube.


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