Seven times down, eight times up: the story of the Daruma doll

In Japan, lucky charms, talismans and mojos are an essential part of everyday life. All of them are bound to bring the owner good luck and keep away misfortune; we could write another post every week for the rest of our lives if we wanted to, and we still wouldn’t run outof them or get […]

Wabi-sabi: the philosophy of imperfect beauty

„Wabi…sabi? You mean wasabi?”-my husband looked at me astoundedly over breakfast when I told him about the topic I have chosen for today’s post. No, we’re not going to talk about Japanese horseradish today. Instead, we’ll have a closer look at a unique form of aesthetics evolved in Japan called the wabi-sabi. But what is […]