Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wabi refers to simplicity and tranquility as guidelines for living, provides the ideal philosophical foundation for life....It is the most suitable and the most satisfying physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Quote from Elements of Japanese Design, by Boye Lafayette De Mente Wabi stems from the root wa, which refers to harmony, peace, tranquillity, and balance. Generally speaking, wabi had the original meaning of sad, desolate, and lonely, but poetically it has come to mean simple, unmaterialistic, humble by choice, and in tune with nature. Someone who is perfectly herself and never craves to be anything else would be described as wabi.