Japanese Bowl blog Post

A Japanese Bowl by Peter Mayer and the Art of Kintsugi

A few weeks ago I wrote about Wabi Sabi and the beauty of imperfection.  This short video, which came my way five December’s ago, is in the same vein. It was the gift from a friend who had received it from a member of her book club. I showed it to my family, shortly before Christmas, and we were all a little welled up. I suppose because we all could relate in one way or another. Each year in December I like to pass it on.

In this Japanese tradition of repairing old pottery, my friend described it thus:

“It is called Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with seams of gold. Kintsugi repairs the brokenness and the ageing of the vessel in a way that makes the container even more beautiful and valuable than it was prior to being broken.  Peter Mayer a folk musician from Minnesota wrote a beautiful song that refers to the beauty and metaphor of this art.”

Here is his u-tube video…it has a  melodic  introduction and I suggest listening carefully to the lyrics as they tell a story.

May we all cherish our own cracks, as we come to the end of  another year.
(Please make sure you have the sound turned up. You can watch this full screen by clicking on the square in the bottom right hand corner, once you start the video. You can revert to a small screen at anytime by pressing your escape key.)
Note1: Let’s be gentle with all of our cracks. We all have them. They are part of life.  Let’s sing while there is voice left. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I will see you next week. Warm wishes, Trudy
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