Kintsugi Experience in Tokyo
Learn Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with gold, during this 60-minute lesson. Use this technique to repair pottery while delving into this beautiful Japanese traditional craft. Get a unique perspective of the culture of Japan and learn the Japanese view of objects: that objects are meant to be broken and repaired; not thrown out. Wear a 'samue,' traditional craftsman garb, and then take home a unique souvenir when...
Learn Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with gold, during this 60-minute lesson. Use this technique to repair pottery while delving into this beautiful Japanese traditional craft. Get a unique perspective of the culture of Japan and learn the Japanese view of objects: that objects are meant to be broken and repaired; not thrown out. Wear a 'samue,' traditional craftsman garb, and then take home a unique souvenir when the 1-hour lesson is over.
• Omotesando, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001 Tokyo Prefecture
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.View Less
We found our way to this nifty studio in Shinjuku where several artisans were at work on kintsugi, pottery, and glass projects. We were greeted and seated on a raised tatami area with low tables and floor cushions. Our instructor was lovely. She spoke almost no English but we found it wasn't necessary -- she showed us what to do and coached us through the whole process. The method we learned is a modern adaptation of traditional kintsugi, as laquer can cause severe allergic reactions (and real gold would have priced this experience into the stratosphere!). It is trickier than I had imagined. Don't go with a belly full of coffee -- you'll want a steady hand to accomplish good results. The finished piece is lovely and quite a memorable souvenir from our time in Japan. We stayed in Shinjuku for the rest of the day exploring the plethora of interesting little shops and restaurants in the area.
This experience was enjoyable, but was largely self guided. Staff did not speak much English at all, and the process/history was entirely presented on print outs. The act of working with the pottery and the final product were satisfying, but it would have been more fun to learn than just read and work independently.
I highly recommend this. Our teachers spoke almost no English but that made it fun! Tough to find, but google maps makes it work. We have beautiful souvenirs that are really special because of this experience.
While we enjoyed our experience, the instructor was not very attentive and his English was not very good. Several of us misunderstood his directions and our pottery repair was unfortunately impacted by the poor directions. They did not have a box large enough to transport the larger antique bowl selected, which causes us to worry about whether it will make it home in tact. Would have been better if they went over the history of kintsugi while we were there.
Amazing! One of the highlights of my three weeks in Japan. After hearing about Kintsugi and the philosophy around it I had a keen interest in finding out more. Having a go was definitely the best way to understand it. Our teacher was so lovely, very helpful and the time flew by. I could have gone back and done it again if I hadn't have left Japan the next day. Highly recommended for any art and culture lovers.