Wabi and Sabi, わびとさび

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Wabi and Sabi, わびとさび 

Wabi and sabi are a term to express a sense of Japanese aesthetic beauty.

わびやさびは日本の美意識のひとつです。 

They are often used in a similar sense, but they are somewhat different.

同じような意味で使われますが、意味は多少違います。

Wabi is a sense of beauty found in poverty, simplicity, or loneliness. 

わびとは、貧しさ、みすぼらしさ、孤独の中にある美です。

Sabi, on the other hand, is a sense of beauty found in old and withered things.

さびとは、老いて枯れたものに美しさを感じることです。

 Wabi and Sabi, わびとさび

The simple structure of a tearoom has attracted visitors from home and abroad.

飾り気のない茶室には、国を問わず多くの人が訪れます。

Senno Rikyu created the wabi/sabi world by establishing tea ceremony in the 16 century.

千利休は16世紀に茶道を確立し、わびの世界を創りだしました。

 Wabi and Sabi, わびとさび

 Saihoji temple in Kyoto is a Zen temple, famous for its moss.  People feel relaxed in the quiet, noble atmosphere created by moss grown over centuries.

西芳寺は禅宗のお寺で、苔で有名です。来訪者は、時空を超越した苔のかもし出す静かな気品のあるたたずまいに、心をいやされます。

 

It is said that Western world has viewed nature as something to be employed. 

一般に西洋文化では、自然は利用すべき対象とみなされています。

But the attitudes of Westerners toward nature aren't  so simplified as they seem, which is shown in the number of Westerners visiting Saihoji Temple. 

とはいえ、西洋人の自然に対する考え方は、言うほど簡略なものではありません。西芳寺を訪れる欧米の旅行者の数にそれが見えます。

To be sure, wabi and sabi are Japanese conceptions, but they may be shared by people all over the countries.

確かに、わびやさびは日本の概念ですが、世界中のすべての人が共有できるものなのかもしれません。

 

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