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

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

from 58.00

*$58 is the price per participant

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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

Availability |
Holiday hours: The studio will be closed December 29-January 3.

Everyday
Session 1 (10:30-13:00) Session 2 (13:00-15:30) Session 3 (16:00-18:30)

Note: Individual guests should make their reservations on Saturdays, Sundays, and Japanese National Holidays. Individual guests can make bookings on weekdays, but will be charged the rate 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 and a little English

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 500-100 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.

  • The experience is offered with some English guidance but if you would like more detailed information, we recommend selecting the translation option.

Cancellation Policy |

  • See cancellation policy here.

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