Detouur

Tokyo Area

Transform your own broken pottery with this centuries-old technique (Meguro)

Transform your own broken pottery with this centuries-old technique (Meguro)

from 180.00

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Experience Includes |

  • 15min - A brief overview of kintsugi and equipment needed

  • 90min - Guided process of kintsugi using your own piece of pottery

  • 15min - Reflection on the final product and post-production explanation

    You will be accompanied by a friendly Detouur guide who will interpret in your language of choice, from English, French, or German. If you require translation in another language, please let us know at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate your request!

Availability |

Monday-Friday
Session 2 (10:30-13:00) Session 3 (13:00-15:30) Session 4 (16:00-18:30)

Weekends
Session 1 (10:00-12:30)

Note: Weekend sessions are group experiences while weekday sessions are private experiences, available for groups of 2 or more people. A single guest who would like to book a private experience on a weekday can do so, at the price of two guests.

Note: Please bring your own piece of pottery with you to use in the kintsugi experience. If you do not have your own piece of pottery, there is a shop next to the studio that sells pieces for 500-1000 JPY. Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

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Meguro, Tokyo
40 min. from Tokyo Sta.

Offered in Japanese
with English, French, or German interpretation

2 hr 30 min experience

8 people max.


About Kintsugi |

Kintsugi | kin・tsu・gee
The art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer and powdered gold.
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In the practice of kintsugi, which means “golden joinery”, cracked pottery is given a second life through the binding power of gold lacquer. It’s said that this technique may have originated in the late 15th century when the shogun of Japan sent back damaged pottery to China, only  to have it returned, unsatisfactorily fixed with metal staples. In response, craftsmen came up with the alternative technique of kintsugi to repair such items. This technique perfectly represents the Japanese aesthetic value of 'wabi-sabi', or the acceptance of imperfection as part of beauty, which has its origins in Buddhist philosophy. Celebrating the beauty of brokenness, Kintsugi not only produces unique pottery but is powerfully symbolic.

 

 
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Things to Note |

  • Please make reservation at least 24 hrs in advance.

  • Please bring your own piece of pottery with you to use in the kintsugi experience. If you do not have your own piece of pottery, there is a shop next to the studio that sells pieces for 500-1000 JPY. Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

  • Children must be 7yrs and above to participate, with parental supervision.

  • Please wear practical clothing that won’t restrict your movement (i.e no high heels or flowy clothing).

  • The object that you repair on cannot but put in the microwave, dishwasher, oven. Please do not scrub the object with any harsh materials.

  • The object should be kept generally at room temperature (around 60 degrees celsius).

  • The repaired portion will take time to dry so please do not touch it on the way home.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.