A Theory of Wabi-Sabi

Kenneth Leong
3 min readFeb 21, 2023

I discovered the Japanese aesthetic concept of “Wabi-Sabi” when I read a book on the subject in the mid 90s. Since then, I have been exploring Wabi-Sabi art, photography and poetry. The notion of finding perfection in imperfection has tremendous appeal to me. Perhaps it is because the notion is so paradoxical. Wabi-Sabi is not easy to define, especially since it is so foreign to Western aesthetic concepts. I have been formulating my own theory of…

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Kenneth Leong

Author, Zen teacher, scientific mystic, professor, photographer, philosopher, social commentator, socially engaged human