Kintsugi

The Art of Precious Scars

During the Muromachi Period, in 14th-century Japan, a shogun named Ashikaga Yoshimitsu broke his favorite tea bowl and became highly distraught in reaction to the destruction. In fact, he was so inconsolable about the whole thing, that the damaged item was shipped to China to be repaired by expert craftsmen. However, on its return, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu was horrified by the big ugly, metal staples that had…