A Broken Japanese Bowl

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Kintsukoroi means ‘to repair with gold’, the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer. When the Japanese people mend broken objects they glorify the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when somethings suffered damage in life it becomes more beautiful. A lovely poem says it all:

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls

That were made long ago

I have some cracks in me

They have been filled with gold

That’s what they used back then

When they had a bowl to mend

It did not hide the cracks

It made them shine instead

So now every old scar shows

From every time that I break

And anyone’s eyes can see

I’m not what I used to be

But in a collector’s mind

All of these jagged lines

Make me more beautiful

And worth a higher price

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls

I was made long, long ago

I have some cracks you can see

And see how they shine of gold………………..

98 thoughts on “A Broken Japanese Bowl

  1. I remember how thrilled and moved I was when I first read about this art form. It felt so beautiful and inspiring to be filled with gold for everywhere we feel broken 🙂 I felt the same positive joy while reading your post and poem.

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  2. What an extraordinary post, Kamal. I vaguely remember hearing of this practice, decades ago, but had forgotten all about it. I had never seen a photo though. What a lovely concept — and result. Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem too. Hugs on the wing.

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  3. What a beautiful thought this is Kamal. It only shows that we are humans and grow and evolve learning from our mistakes. So definitely that needs to shine. Absolutely loved this. Thanks for sharing ❤️


      1. but 3 hours means a six hour round trip and that’s very different from living in the same street … guess you will adjust. There are always up and down sides to our decisions 🙂


  4. wow, and this is such a beautiful poem honoring the scars that made us even more beautiful…. thank you for sharing too the Japanese art of mending the broken pots


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