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Photo: my imperfect bowl at breakfast, Ryokan Yakutatei, Kirishima, Kagoshima.

In the ancient world of Chinese Tang porcelain making, transluence of the material is an art form and the highest level of craft excellence. Porcelain was a craft perfected by Chinese and introduced to the rest of the world.

Enter the Japanese philosophical concept of wabi sabi to balance this sense of perfectionism.

Appreciating the simple raw beauty of the imperfect. How the Japanese can become such masters of excellence is the balance of seeing the beauty in the imperfect and the simple.

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