We are Kintsukuroi

We are Kintsukuroi

Hi guys,

It’s been a pretty intense week. My family & I experienced a death in the family & it’s been an emotional & reflective time to say the least.

I was having a conversation with a good friend, discussing moving forward from challenging times & through the conversation something became crystal to me.


what is Kintsukuroi?

Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold.

It’s originates from eastern philosophy of Kinstugi (Kin= Golden stugi= Joinery). In the 15th Century the shogun of Japan Ashikaga Yoshimasa (whose mum was called Tomiko, shout out to reader Tomiko!) broke his favourite tea-pot. He sent it to China for repair, however it came back held together with staples & looked pretty busted & unaesthetically pleasing to the shogun. Japanese craftsmen were able to put the tea pot together again using lacquer mixed with the most expensive Gold.

With Kintsukuroi, no attempt is made to disguise the cracks, instead they are accentuated with this precious metal & made all the better by joining the broken pieces to make a beautiful whole.


This is such a dope metaphor for life; That the experiences that may break us, or situations that seperate us from ourselves, can be woven into our own beautiful testimonies. The broken pieces being the test. Life is the gold. Friends, family, experiences, passion, faith & persistance all help to create the lacquer with which we stitch together our masterpiece. Our flaws give us character, texture & dimension.

Whatever you are battling or working through, just know its ok to break sometimes. Perfection is neither interesting, nor possible. By overcoming, we really are alchemists transforming shituations (yes shit situations) to gold. We are Kintsukuroi.

Have a wonder day & don’t be afraid to drop a comment!

Happy Construction

A x 💋




  1. August 2, 2017 / 14:25

    Sorry for your loss! This was such a great metaphor. We definitely don’t need to hide the cracks because they make us who we are and like you said add texture. I’m glad you have family and friends to help you through life.

  2. August 2, 2017 / 16:04

    This was a simple but beautiful and poignant post. I am so sorry for your family’s loss and I pray you will find strength in this difficult time. This post was timely for me and a great reminder of the value of struggles and adversity in our lives.

  3. August 2, 2017 / 17:08

    So sorry for your loss. Looking someone in the family must be hard. However, I absolutely love your outlook of everything. And the Japanese art. We spent some time in Japan and loved everything about it. It was nice to Read about Japanese are in your post.

  4. August 3, 2017 / 02:46

    1st and foremost, I’m sorry for your loss. Your perspective in the midst of pain is encouraging. I’ve actually heard of kintsukuroi before and there are so many lessons for us within this practice. Our cracks are beautiful too!

  5. August 3, 2017 / 10:45

    I’m so sorry for your loss! This was such a great metaphor. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect, our cracks are beautiful too!

    • Ayak
      August 4, 2017 / 09:03

      Thank you x

  6. August 3, 2017 / 22:34

    I am sorry for your loss. It is always tough when it is someone who is close to you. I pray for your healing and comfort.

    • Ayak
      August 4, 2017 / 09:03

      Thank you so much x

  7. August 4, 2017 / 00:22

    Wow. This is a great metaphor. There is beauty in the pieces and in putting everything back together. This is a word. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    • Ayak
      August 4, 2017 / 09:02

      Thank you. x

  8. Kita
    August 4, 2017 / 00:51

    I’ve never heard of kintsukuroi but it is beautiful and definitely a perfect metaphor for life. As for Fantasia, she speaks to my deep down.

    • Ayak
      August 4, 2017 / 09:02

      I love Fantasia her voice is anointed!

  9. Shabree
    August 4, 2017 / 02:25

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve never heard of Kintsukuroi. This is so timely for me and I’m sure it is for you. Thanks for sharing.

    • Ayak
      August 4, 2017 / 09:01

      Thank you. Im grateful that it helps x

  10. August 4, 2017 / 14:57

    This is an excellent metaphor, I’ve not heard of this before. My broken pieces are certainly held together with gold.

    Sending you love and peace during this difficult time.

  11. August 4, 2017 / 16:04

    I absolutely needed this. I, too, had a death in the family and another scary incident. Definitely praying for you. The gold is a great reminder.

    • Ayak
      August 4, 2017 / 21:32

      I’m so sorry for your loss & trauma Courtney. I empathise & will pray for you & your family also. x

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