The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi is a practice that alters perception too, shifting how we see the world around us, as well as ourselves. Wabi-sabi is the intense happiness felt in the face of beauty: wintry mist, cobblestone streets, flickering candlelight. It delights in rustic simplicity, in flaws and imperfections, in natural ageing. The search for beauty in the West has become a shopping catalogue of consumer products. We are sold beauty – buy these clothes, cosmetics, furnishings, cars, houses; these are beautiful, we’re told. But beauty is not something that’s for sale. Rather, to live a beautiful life, first we must learn how to see.