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Kintsugi Experience Osaka
The Japanese have an art form called Kintsugi, which translates as “golden joinery.” It is a rather unusual practice involving mending broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered precious metals. Gold, silver, and platinum are used to repair objects that have been chipped or broken. Kintsugi has been practiced for centuries in Japan while countries such as China used staples to mend broken dishes. Kintsugi has been used to fix all sorts of objects, but it became closely connected with ceramic containers that were used for the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Kintsugi was used to repair objects from other lands including China, Korea, and Vietnam. The philosophy behind Kintsugi is similar to wabi-sabi, which teaches appreciation of the imperfect in the world. In Japan, the value of an object is determined by several factors including the features showing the signs of being used. Instead of discarding damaged objects people in Japan often keep them and use Kintsugi to repair them. Kintsugi does not attempt to hide the cracks or breaks but instead highlights the repairs with gold, silver, and platinum. The practice of Kintsugi avoids discarding pottery and dishes when they are damaged. The art celebrates the use of a cracked or chipped object, and it will be more valuable after Kintsugi than before being broken. Kintsugi has preserved and enhanced dishes that would otherwise have been discarded. Kintsugi encourages letting go of the usual idea of perfection and embracing objects that show the passage of use and time. The results of using the traditional Japanese technique are simply stunning.
- Kintsugi is a Japanese tradition of repairing pottery with precious metals.
- The practice preserves and enhances objects that would otherwise be discarded.
- Kintsugi follows the philosophy of treasuring pottery and dishes that show the passage of
- Kintsugi creates beautiful objects that increase in value.
The Kintsugi Experience in Maikoya Osaka
One of the most fascinating and beautiful traditions of Japan is the art form known as Kintsugi. Whether you are a visitor or you live in Osaka, anyone can learn about the mysterious art. The Maikoya Osaka invites guests to experience Kintsugi, the art of transforming a chipped, cracked or broken object into a beautiful piece by using platinum, gold or silver to make repairs. You can create an amazing object of art just as the Japanese have for centuries. A teacher skilled in the ways of Kintsugi will help you take an item and enliven it with the unique golden mixture. The rules that that guide a Kintsugi practitioner is to treat an object’s cracks and repair as the historical record of a piece. There is no attempt to disguise the so called imperfections, but rather highlight and embrace them. The philosophy is similar to wabi-sabi which urges followers to consider the perfection of the imperfect in our world. Kitsugi has a close relationship to the pottery used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Each guest will receive a piece of pottery to work with under the guidance of an experienced Kintsugi artist. Travel back in time as you work with your dish, creating new beauty.
- Learn the philosophy behind Kintsugi.
- An experienced instructor will help you create your own Kintsugi piece.
- Immerse yourself in the idea that so called imperfections are but indicators of use and the passage of time.
- Kintsugi might change the way you feel about the imperfections in life.
Includeda bowl and materials
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Address: 1 Chome-22-7 Shinmachi, Nishi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 550-0013
Book online and get your voucher via email instantly!Maikoya Osaka offers unique cultural experiences where visitors can engage in various cultural activities such as the traditional tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, origami, kimono dressing and much more. Maikoya Osaka is the only place in Japan where visitors can meet and chat with a maiko in training anytime of the year.
Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people through activities and lessons such as tea ceremony, kimono dressing, Japanese cooking and the life of a samurai, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor. *** Please let us know if you have any food allergies, Halal, vegan or vegetarian preferences.Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
1- Do you accept walk-ins? For tea ceremony, kimono experience, calligraphy and the samurai experience we accept walk ins. However, there is a possibility that you may need to wait sometime to be served if you show up without any reservation. So, we kindly recommend reserving in advance.
2-Do you have kimonos for kids? Yes, we do have small size kimonos for kids. Just let us know the age/height of your child in advance.
3- Can I walk outside wearing the kimono for the rest of the day? This depends on the season.Some seasons we allow the customers to walk outside and take pictures. We have the kimono rental option, for a small additional fee you can stroll the streets of Osaka or visit Osaka castle by wearing a kimono for the rest of the day.
4- Do you provide any hairdo services? Yes (for females), we will make sure you look your best and your hair matches the traditional kimono style.
5- How far is your location from the Dotonbori area? How far is your location from Umeda? It is about 18-minute walk or 6-minute taxi ride from Dotonbori. It is about 10-minute train ride or a 15-minute taxi ride from Umeda.
6- Do you hold your activities in a Japanese house? I want to see inside of a Japanese house. Yes. You have to take your shoes off to get in and all the rooms have the interior like a traditional Japanese house.
7- Do you have discounts if I want to experience multiple events at once?. For individuals we usually can't offer any discount as we need to prepare for each activity in advance. For groups more than 4, who want to experience multiple activities, please drop us a message with the subject title multiple activities for groups.
8- Do you only show activities or you explain the meanings, symbols etc?. We are the only place that is supervised by college professors and and focus on cross-cultural awareness. Our experiences are lots of fun and also quite educational.
9- Do you have a souvenir shop where I can get matcha tea, tea ceremony set, calligraphy set, replica swords etc. to remember my experience?. Yes, we have a gift shop on the first floor.
Call Maikoya: 06-6556-6257