Many videos circulating on the internet show a version of Kintsugi that doesn’t use the traditional technique or material, often resulting in repairs that do not last.
Why don’t they show the authentic way? First of all it takes a longer than a few minutes to do. The downside of a “quick fix” is it often comes with restrictions such as not being able to hold hot liquids or simply breaks again in a few days or weeks.
Meet Shuji Nakagawa, a craftsman known for making traditional “oke” buckets. Using a technique refined and passed down for over 700 years, Nakagawa’s work has established what it means to bring sleek modernity to commonly seen pieces.
The Japanese way of keeping in harmony with the seasons and the local environment will always be at our core. That’s why Pieces of Japan is committed to prioritizing the sustainability of craftsmen and the natural resources that support them.
We believe that in sharing beautiful, durable, handmade products that last for generations, we can take steps away from our current throwaway culture to create meaningful connections with the things we own.