Broken… something does not work anymore. It’s no longer in it’s original state. It doesn’t look nice anymore. Something can no longer be done. When something is broken it usually is not longer as good as it was before it got broken. But then there is Kintsugi which brings an entirely different meaning to being broken. I wanted to find out more about this Japanese art after The Crow Reborn mentioned it to me in a comment to one of my posts.

Kintsugi or also Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

What a beautiful idea. So trough suffering damage and in the process being repaired something actually becomes more beautiful. Maybe even more valuable. Imagine we would see “damaged” people like this too instead of writing them off. How this person gets more beautiful by being repaired. In some cases I guess it might be true. Maybe some people change into someone better after having an accident or after going through a life changing event. Therefor they become more beautiful.

Maybe we should see this as an inspiration for ourselves to keep going even if we feel like giving up. When we feel no longer worthy of something we might just as well fix it and consider ourselves better instead of only seeing the bad in it.



Broken glass, broken mirror. Of course this would never get fixed with gold, silver or platinum. Still the sunset in the background kind of makes it appear as if there was gold involved…

Inspired by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Broken

16 thoughts on “Broken

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  2. I have read a lot about Kintsukuroi. Its a beautiful concept and how you related it to your Weekly photo challenge is even more commendable! That’s why I love your blog..the way you express yourself, it is worth an appreciation 🙂

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    • Oh I thought you did a pretty great job. Was waiting to hear from you on this one. Thank you so much for the inspiration or better for making me aware of this amazing Japanese Art and the meaning behind it!

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  5. I believe in this concept completely– being a bonsai myself, I have been bent and mangled beyond natural, but I’m still standing and reaching for the light. Great topic!

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