Beth Kempton’s Japanese guide, Wabi Sabi, sold in 21 territories

In a recent deal, Thai rights to Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life were acquired by Mono Move, meaning that Japanologist Beth Kempton’s inspirational guide to embracing simplicity and imperfection, has been sold in 21 territories to date including Germany, France and Italy. Published in the UK by Piatkus in August, Wabi Sabi draws on centuries-old Japanese wisdom, teaching readers to focus on what truly matters. Wabi Sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. The Sunday Times Style magazine called it ‘a truly transformative read.’

Wabi Sabi will be published in hardback in the US by Harper Design this December.

Wabi sabi (“wah-bi sah-bi”) is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in zen and the way of tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life’s challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.

From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, Wabi Sabi will teach you to find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.

Beth Kempton has a Masters Degree in Japanese and has spent many years living and working in Japan, which she considers her second home. Over the years she has studied Japanese papermaking, flower arranging, pottery, noren-making, calligraphy, the tea ceremony, and weaving. Collectively these experiences have led to a deep love of the country and a rare understanding of cultural and linguistic nuances. She has been inhaling the magic and mystery of Japan – and been influenced by its philosophy and aesthetics – for over two decades.

Beth is also an award-winning entrepreneur and self-help author, and co-founder of the online design magazine MOYO (which is Japanese for ‘pattern’). As Founder and CEO of Do What You Love, Beth has produced and delivered online courses and workshops that have helped thousands of people all over the world to discover their passion, explore their creativity and live a more inspired life.