Published September 28th, 2014

Rikyū promoted an alternative set of values which he termed wabi-sabi—a compound word combining wabi, or simplicity, with sabi, an appreciation of the imperfect. Across fields ranging from architecture to interior design, philosophy to literature, Rikyū awakened in the Japanese a taste for the pared down and the authentic, for the undecorated and the humble. Read More Wabi-sabi and architecture