Kintsugi gold repair workshop (Suginami)

Kintsugi gold repair workshop (Suginami)

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$180 per person

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance.

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Transform a broken bowl with this 500-year old technique using pure gold dust.

Details

  • Location: Suginami, Tokyo

  • 2.5 hours

  • 4 people max

  • Offered in Japanese and some English

Symbolic beauty

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.

What you’ll do

Learn about the history and techniques of this ancient art and kintsugi-repair your own broken item using gold dust and lacquer. Tea + cake break included!

Who can attend

Children must be 7+

Included

Pottery (unless you’d like to bring your own!)

Availability

Wednesday
(Session 2) 14:00 - 16:30
(Session 3) 18:30 - 21:00

Thursday
(Session 2) 14:00 - 16:30 (second・fourth)
(Session 3) 18:30 - 21:00

Friday (first・third)
(Session 1) 10:00 - 12:30
(Session 2) 14:00 - 16:30

Saturday
(Session 1) 10:00 - 12:30
(Session 2) 14:00 - 16:30

Sunday (second・fourth)
(Session 1) 10:00 - 12:30
(Session 2) 14:00 - 16:30

Access

40 minutes from Tokyo Station.

Cancellation Policy

Please make your booking at least 24 hours in advance. See cancellation policy here.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed.

Customer Reviews

The hosts were wonderful, warm and welcoming and I found something new that I would love to turn into a hobby.
— Katherine, UK, July 2018
The Kuge-sans were so lovely and really knew what they were talking about. The homemade cake was delicious too!
— Sean, Australia, Jan 2019