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Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

By Mark Reibstein

Illustrated by Ed Young

At last, the master
Says, “That’s hard to explain.” And
That is all she says.

Wabi Sabi, a little cat in Kyoto, Japan, had never thought much about her name until friends visiting from another land asked her owner what it meant. At last, the master says, “That’s hard to explain.” And that is all she says. This unsatisfying answer sets Wabi Sabi on a journey to uncover the meaning of her name, and on the way discovers what wabi sabi is: a Japanese philosophy of seeing beauty in simplicity, the ordinary, and imperfection. Using spare text and haiku, Mark Reibstein weaves an extraordinary story about finding real beauty in unexpected places. Caldecott Medal-winning artist Ed Young complements the lyrical text with breathtaking collages. Together, they illustrate the unique world view that is wabi sabi. Wabi Sabi is a unique picture book that clearly explains a new way of seeing the world to readers.

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October 24, 2017 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Gimme that harvest moon!


By Kobayashi Issa

“Gimme that harvest moon!”
cries the crying
child

Translated by David G. Lanoue

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October 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Between our two lives

by Matsuo Bashō

Between our two lives
there is also the life of
the cherry blossom.

May 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Spring Rain

by Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694)

Spring rain
leaking through the roof
dripping from the wasps’ nest

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April 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Old Pond

April 17, 2017 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

An old pond!


by Matsuo Bashō

An old pond!
A frog jumps in—
the sound of water.

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April 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

The Narrow Road

by Matsuo Bashō

The Narrow Road
to the Far North

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April 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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