By Dale Dougherty

The Japanese have a deep appreciation for things humble and handmade.

image Do you have a favorite cup or pen or T-shirt? Why do you like it so much? I have a favorite coffee mug that’s at least 30 years old. It’s a ceramic mug with a few nicks in the handle and it bears the call letters of a public radio station, which sent it to me as part of a membership drive. I cannot explain why I like to use that particular mug first thing in the morning. To be honest, I never really thought about it until I returned from a trip to Japan earlier this year.

On my trip, I picked up a small book called Wabi-Sabi for Artists, ...

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