gows – Intro

I thought you would like a little history on Wabi Sabi and Haiku.  My son had lived in Japan for about 9 months while going to school to complete his Masters.  I forget what exactly the title is for is major, but he just amazes me with his language skills. 

Anyway… he has 7 languages in his brain..I am challenged enough with just one and a hint of another!!  

So hubby and I went to visit him in Japan for 5 days and I must say, it was so much fun!  But at the same time, so crazy!  All I remember is how LOUD Japan is…and I dont mean noisy LOUD, but visually LOUD…wow! But as we explored the little villages, it was so calm and peaceful.  People there have so much respect for each other, it was an eye opener for me.  When you ride the train, no body talks..its quiet…they wear head phones, text, but rarely talk. 

Here in CA…its blah blah blah on the train…you know everything about the person sitting next to you on a bus…because you have no choice but to hear them gab…or argue..yea…maybe we need to make some changes…Hehehe…but I do enjoy watching kids being silly or enjoy a conversation with a complete stranger.  That does not happen in Japan, or maybe I just did not see it…

Anyway, their culture is just amazing!  So when I came up with this project after photographing the garbage on the ground…it reminded me of Wabi Sabi…then all those memories poured out from our trip to Japan.  I hope you enjoy a little piece of my memory and have fun making your own Wabi Sabi art!


happy you are here

enjoy creating beauty

from your heart

What is Wabi Sabi?

Quoted from Wikipedia

In traditional Japanese aestheticswabi-sabi () is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.[2] The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”.[3] It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常mujō), suffering (ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature ().

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.


Quoted from Wikipedia

Haiku (俳句About this soundlisten ) is a short form of Japanese poetry in three phrases, typically characterized by three qualities:

  1. The essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru).[1] This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them,[2] a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  2. Traditional haiku often consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as “syllables”), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on, respectively.[3]
  3. kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such terms.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句gendai-haiku) are said by some[4] to increasingly vary from the tradition of 17 on or taking nature as their subject. Despite the western influence, the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku.[5] There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.[6]

One more thing before we start!  You may need to dry flowers if you dont have any on hand.  Here is a website I found that has lots of fantastic information on drying flowers…The Spruce

painting of ENSO circle

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