#674: 1.8L Wabi-Kusa Wabi-sabi (侘寂)

Ng Yue Foong Malacca, Malaysia


This display is beautiful. With such dense growth the Rotala and Hydrocotyle sp. 'Japan' tangle in and out of this mass of moss.

There's a great sense of chaos in the growth but feels comfortably contained within the well-considered vessel that is used.

That is to say the spiderwood does not help this particular wabi kusa but rather visually interrupts the ball and its container.

Overall a very pleasant wabi kusa that embraces imperfection well.
— Jack McCarley
I like your bowl that you used to hold your Wabi Kusa. Nice and healthy layout but I would have liked a bit more color and definitely some more height in the stem plants to give the Wabi Kusa more impact. Nicely done.
— Bailin Shaw
This is an attractive Wabi Kusa. However I would like to see it after it had matured a little more!
— Karen Randall
Love the use of fine textured plants to provide a lush look along with enhancing the perspective of the size and detail. Use of wood is good especially hanging over down past the edge of the bowl but way too busy on the right side - would have been better to use fewer pieces of wood and maybe a longer branched pieces on the left side. Makes the arrangement look lopsided to the right and bare on the left.
— Jo Ann Fujii

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 15 × 15 × 8 cm
Title Wabi-sabi (侘寂)
Volume 1.8L
Lighting Chihiros A-Series
Plants Java Moss
Monte Carlo
Hydrocotyle Tripartita
Rotala Rotundifolia
Rotala Rotundifolia Green
Rotala Macrandra Green
Pogostemon Deccanensis
Ludwigia Palustris
Materials Spider Driftwood
Additional Information In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a worldview centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
(FYI, The ceramic "bowl" used, which I found in my mother's kitchen is actually a cover of another bowl.) ^^

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