What is Wabi-sabi?

Wabi-sabi consists of 2 different words. It is a concept in traditional Japanese arsthetics, and has a deep connection between tea ceremony.

What is wabi?

Wabi is 侘 in Kanji. It originally meant imperfection and the agony of incomplete, but later it changed the meaning to accepting and embracing the transience and imperfection. Soshin Kimura, a tea master, describes what wabi is:“Wabi describes a positivity of a heart by accepting transience and imperfection. It's what it takes to find beauty of sabi.”

What is sabi?

Sabi is 寂 in kanji. It meant beauty of serenity that comes with age, but later shifted to mean that the beauty of calm. According to Soshin Kimura, “Sabi means visible beauty. In this world, everything changes its appearance by age but the impermanence and the changes of appearance are considered beautiful and recognize the grace that comes with age and use.


Artworks or craftworks made over 100 years ago are usually called “antique” in Europe. It is simliary but the connotation between these two words are completely different.

The change of times

The connotation for wabi-sabi has evolved over the years and now it is typically degined as “flawed beauty” in scenery, objects and phenomena. Through conversations at restaurants or sightseeing spots, you may find wabi-sabi spirit your own. Our website is dedicated to help you discover wabi-sabi while travelling in Japan.