Wabi Sabi: Japanese Style to Inspire
“Wabi-Sabi Inspirations” is a collection of traditional Japanese houses available for rent that reflect the tenets of Wabi-Sabi design.
But what is “Wabi-Sabi” and why does it inspire? Wabi-sabi is not only a style, but a Japanese philosophy based in Zen and built on three principles: nothing lasts, nothing ends, and nothing is perfect.
“Wabi” means a deliberate humility, a lack of materialism, and a deep connection with the environment. “Sabi” is different. It literally translates as “bloom of time.”
Taken together, Wabi-Sabi is a worldview that perceives beauty in roughness, elegance in imperfection, and serenity in the natural process of decay. Wabi-Sabi is homespun and homemade, the chip on the lip of a pot, the patina on a copper box, the new colors and textures objects take on as they age.
More than just aesthetics, wabi-sabi extends into all parts of life. It’s a philosophy that believes enlightenment comes with the acceptance of material impermanence.
Tranquil and traditional, these rentals represent the wabi-sabi philosophy of modesty, economy, and intimacy in all things. “Wabi-Sabi Inspirations” will introduce you to the rustic grace of wabi-sabi, and inspire you to experience it for yourself.
We invite you to comment and suggest your own Wabi-Sabi inspirations.
Sanbo Nishinotoin-Cho, Kyoto, Japan
Gion Shinmonzen, Kyoto, Japan
Ebisuya-Cho, Kyoto, Japan
Gion House, Kyoto, Japan
Unagi House, Kyoto, Japan
Sujiya-Cho, Kyoto, Japan
Wabi House, Kyoto, Japan
Nishioshikoji-Cho, Kyoto, Japan
Yoshida House, Kyoto, Japan
Gion Kaburenjo, Kyoto, Japan
Ishifudono-cho, Kyoto, Japan
Machiya House, Kyoto, Japan
Nishijin Isa-Cho, Kyoto, Japan
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