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侘び草 = Wabi-Kusa

Discussion in 'Wabi Kusa General Discussion' started by Jason King, May 19, 2014.

  1. Jason King

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    For those who are interested I thought I would post this as it apparently means wabi-kusa in Japanese.

    Correct me if im wrong as I dont speak Japanese :D

    侘び草 = wabi-kusa
     
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    Hi Looks good to me :) But like you i cannot read Japanese :eek:
     
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    Lol yes it could mean anything, I hope its a nice word :D
     
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    Hi! I can't read these symbols, they appaer like "cube"! :confused:
     
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    Just copy the japanese word from post one and put it in google picture search, Glom :)
     
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    Thank you Moss-Maniac, it's working! =)
     
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    Correction for post 1: 侘 is incorrect kanji. ADA uses the kanji: 佗. They are very similar, but mean something different.

    What is more fun is 侘草 means rice plant, and is also wabi kusa. The kanji 佗 means quiet refinement, subdued taste, or sobriety; as does this: 佗び. 草 (kusa) means grass or herb. Put together, post one translates to something like "wild grass." Which, would make sense as one is supposed to let the wabi-kusa grow ... without intervention. However, the ADA posts and videos use 佗び 草, which means bamboo grass.

    Consider the following ADA video titled:
    雲山石と佗び草のレイアウト (Kumoyama ishi to wabi kusa no reiauto)
    Translated as: "Layout of Unzen stone and Tuo grass"

    What I find interesting is the kanji 侘草 for rice plant shares the wabi kanji found in wabi-sabi (侘寂), the zen aesthetic. Wabi-Sabi, as an aesthetic philosophy, acknowledges the natural world with an embrace of the transient and imperfect nature of things. So wabi-kusa could imply something along the lines of a grass or planting aesthetic that honors the "wild" or "natural" growth of our aquatic plant friends. As I understand it a true wabikusa is not trimmed, but left to grow into whatever it becomes.

    侘草 = wabikusa = rice plant
    侘び草 = wabikusa = wild grass
    佗び草 = wabikusa = bamboo grass

    わかりますか
     
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