Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life
By Beth Kempton
A guide to using the Japanese concept of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life, and find happiness right where you are.
'A truly transformative read' Sunday Times STYLE
'More than ever, we need books like this' Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast
A whole new way of looking at the world - and your life - inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.
Wabi sabi ("wah-bi sah-bi") is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in zen and the way of tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.
Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything, and concentrate on what really matters.
From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, wabi sabi will teach you to find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.
This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life, and finding happiness right where you are.
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30 Aug 2018
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As summer comes to an end, there is no better idea than to curl up with a hot cuppa and this truly transformative read. — Sunday Times Style
Wonderful. So full of insights, and beautifully written — Liza Dalby, Author of Geisha
'Less stuff, more soul. Less hustle, more ease . . .' Beth Kempton tells it as it is, and how we need it to be. More than ever, we need books like this. — Jessica Seaton, Co-Founder of Toast and author of Gather, Cook, Feast
Beth explains [wabi sabi] better than any native may have done — Makiko Hastings, Japanese potter
Beth Kempton is one of the great foreign writers who truly understands wabi sabi. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for time and space in their life — Daisuke Sanada, Japanese architect
A beautiful book about Japanese culture — Books Kinokuniya Tokyo
I am obsessed (with this book) — The Tokyo Chapter
A joyful read — Cynthia Young, Globe & Mail
I'm completely won over by the mix of wisdom and guide to practical self-reflection offered in this elegant interpretation of Wabi Sabi. — JapaneseLondon.com