Tag Archive | japan

Kintsugi: Gold Repair of Ceramic Faults

Here Dick Lehman, an experienced potter, tells his experience with kintsukuroi and explains in a little more detail the meaning and origin of mending broken pottery with silver or gold.





In 1999 I traveled to Japan to participate in several exhibitions hosted by my dear friend Mr. Shiho Kanzaki.  I arrived with gifts for all the many people that were required to make this amazing opportunity a reality for me.


After I arrived and was unpacking, I discovered that 4 of the side-fired cups that I’d brought as gifts had been broken by the baggage-handling process.  Without a thought I dumped them into the waste basket in my room.  Sometime later that week, someone came to my room and took out the trash.  


After a remarkable 6 weeks in Shigaraki, two exhibitions, travel,  fine food, new friends…my visit came to an end.


As often happens there were some “parting gifts” given by me to my hosts; and some gifts were given to me by my hosts.  Among the parting gifts I received, I discovered…

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My favorite Japanese song

This is a live performance of Hitoto Yo singing the most beautiful song ever.  It is all in Japanese.  And although I do know a little Japanese, I don’t know enough to be able to tell what the song is about.  All I know is that I love it.  I don’t think it is really necessary to understand the words of a song to be able to appreciate its beauty.  I hope you will enjoy it too.