Today’s 日本語

わびさび wabi sabi

Wabi sabi represents the transient nature of beauty; a beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.

The aesthetic comes from the Buhddist Three Marks of Existence (三法印 sanbōin), impermanence, suffering and emptiness.

Many Japanese arts are in the wabi-sabi style. Pottery that is not quite symmetrical, The stark lines of ikebana flower arrangement and the rough rustic edges of a Japanese garden. Jack Dorsey the founder of Twitter is known to promote the philosophy of wabi-sabi design.

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Ueno’s Baby Panda

Last week, Ueno Zoo announced the birth of a baby panda.
It was the first time in over 20 years a panda had been born at the zoo and the first time in its history to be conceived naturally.

The baby was cared for by its handlers as its mother Shin Shin (on loan from a Chinese zoo) was suffering from fatigue.

It has been just confirmed that the baby panda did not make it past its first few days of life and has succumbed to pneumonia.