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Wabi Sabi
The love and appreciation of nature's changes.

In Japan there is a concept that encapsulates the philosophy of The Blackwood Project and the mind set that all homeowners wanting Yakisugi must have. Wabi Sabi.


Wabi-sabi is Japans driving concept influencing all parts of the culture and philosophy. Wabi sabi is part of the everyday life of many in Japan.

The Japanese culture and philosophy is an ideology of appreciating beauty and the perception of beauty and aesthetics in the world. 

The definition of wabi-sabi

The understanding and appreciation of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection in nature. To see and enjoy the aesthetic of nature, and know that she is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.


This idea is also deeply influenced by the teaching of the Buddha and its school of thought can be interlinked with Buddhist thinking. It is essentially a concept or ideology that comes from the ‘Buddhist teaching’ of the three marks of existence that are namely “impermanence” (mujō), suffering (ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (kū)”.


Why is Wabi sabi important?

It is an idea that is a beautiful way to describe the changes and evolution of Yakisugi. It embraces what is natural and acknowledges the beauty of any substance in its most natural and raw form. To deny this would be like regretting having moss on a rock garden, or hoping your Corten steel fire will not get a rust layer.  


Wabi sabi counters Westernized concepts of artificial beauty and fighting the effects of nature. To idolise a state of perfection that is seemingly unachievable and unnatural. 

The Japanese belief and concept of ethos embraces just that and allows people to be accepting, open and embrace the beauty of flaws found in  the rawness of nature.

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