Imperfection and impermanence
Wabi loosely means the elegance of humble simplicity, while sabi refers to the passing of time and subsequent deterioration. Together, the words wabi sabi describe not only a Japanese aesthetic but a world view. It's about savouring life's imperfections and accepting that death is a part of everything. It's an acknowledgement of beauty in the crack in a painting, the chip in a ceramic bowl, the irregularity in a handwoven kimono.
Trying your hand at a craft activity in Japan is the easiest way to get to grips with the essence of wabi sabi. We can arrange a pottery lesson, ikebana flower arranging, kintsugi (repairing ceramics with gold) and more. Let us know what takes your fancy.
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The best of Japan's arts scene, from Naoshima "Art Island" to the Adachi Museum, with moderate accommodation and some delicious meals included.
Japan may not have a high profile when it comes to art, but there are numerous museums and galleries large and small to be discovered throughout the country. This itinerary will help you discover the Japanese passion for art, from great collections including classic works by masters such as Monet and Picasso, to expositions of contemporary Japanese artists such as Yoshitomo Nara and Kenji Yanobe.