What’s Behind Japan’s Moss Obsession?

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“[M]oss is perhaps Wabi-sabi‘s standard bearer[.]” Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that values imperfections. Embodied within the concept is a sense of humility that’s exuded in the asymmetrical, the impermanent, and the imperfect. Perhaps this can explain Japanese people’s sudden obsession with the plant, as moss perfectly fits into the Wabi-sabi aesthetic; it grows without rhyme or reason and is often overshadowed by bigger, grander flora. Read full article here

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