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What is the “Kintsugi method” or why are cracks on plates highlighted with gold in Japan?

What is the “Kintsugi method” or why are cracks on plates highlighted with gold in Japan?
What is the “Kintsugi method” or why are cracks on plates highlighted with gold in Japan?

The East is not only a subtle matter, but also a wise matter. On our website you can find more than one article devoted to Eastern wisdom: here about the peculiarities of relations in China and about the female contract. And now we propose to move a little further south, to Japan.

Let’s put aside our search for ikigai (life purpose) and talk a little about the Japanese art of kintsugi, which literally means “golden patch” and originated in the 15th century. What kind of technology is it and how can it help in life? We’ll tell you now.

A still from the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”

Kintsugi is a method in which broken dishes are glued back together, but the cracks are not masked, but rather highlighted with gold. With this technique, it is possible not only to preserve a broken object, but on the contrary, to make it more impressive, memorable and certainly beautiful. Thus, the Japanese confirm the idea: whatever happens to us, it is for the better.

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“The item may be simple, but if it breaks, it will be repaired because it is so valuable, and all its flaws will be highlighted with gold or silver. “And that will make it even better, more valuable, because a story will emerge inside it,” Kintsugi master Konstantin Kornilov said in an interview.

Every person in life has a story, an event, a day that at first seemed like the end of the world, and then became kintsugi – it made him better, stronger, more stable (put it in your shoes).

Perceiving what is happening in life as kintsugi, we always gain: experience (and it cannot be evaluated as positive or negative, as modern psychologists say), qualities, skills, in a word, something new – something that we did not know about ourselves before and perhaps did not even realize. What story made you kintsugi?

Source: People Talk

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