Kintsugi – Embracing Damage

Japan’s ancient art of celebrating broken pottery is rooted in an eastern philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection. Many believe it can help us to accept our flaws – and foster a sense of peace and fulfillment.


Learn about the Japanese art of kintsugi (金継ぎ) with Koishihara, a kintsugi artist, beautifully captured by filmmaker Tania Esteban.

Wabi Sabi is a way of living that focuses on seeing the beauty in the imperfect, as well as accepting the natural cycle of life and death, rather than striving for perfection which ultimately will always end in failure. A great example of Wabi Sabi in creativity is the art of Kintsugi, where cracked pottery is filled with gold duster lacquer as a way to showcase the beauty of its age and damage rather than hiding it. The fault is not hidden but highlighted.

“My interpretation of Wabi Sabi, I believe, is about the passing of time with our material items… In the process of that, we might break them. And then, repair them with Kintsgui” – Koishihara Tsuyoshi.




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