The art of reparation

Life is not perfect, it has many crashes, ups, breaks and recoveries. Perhaps ancient Japan's skill in repairing broken ceramic vessels is a good way to go about life. Although fractures are painful, if we carefully assemble the broken parts and join them in gold, they will always remind us how valuable the experiences are. It will also remind us of painful periods, but also of the lessons we have learned from them, which are now a valuable guide.


Japanese skill in repairing broken pottery with varnish mixed with gold powder intentionally highlights damage and cracks on an item as part of its history. There are several legends about how the art of kintsugi ("merging with gold"), also known as kintsukuroi ("gold repair"), came about. One of them says that in the late 15th century, shogun Ashikaga Yoshimas sent a damaged tea pot to China to be repaired by artisans there. It was returned patched with metal staples, so although it could be reused, it looked rather ugly on the eye. This encouraged Japanese craftsmen to come up with a better and nicer way to repair their tea pots.

What started as a craft skill has grown into a special way of looking at life and the world ..... Ancient Japanese wisdom on how to craft an attitude and a view of the world and life.

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