We are happy to announce that Tomomi Kamoshita will be at Vana from 4th to 6th April, 2018. She is an expert in modern version of Kintsugi technique, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.

As a philosophy, Kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Kintsugi focuses on highlighting or emphasizing imperfections, visualizing mends and seams as an additive or an area to celebrate or focus on, rather than absence or missing pieces. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an object around even after it has broken and as a justification of Kintsugi itself, highlighting the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage.

Kintsugi can relate to the Buddha’s philosophy of “no mind”, which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life.

Tomomi Ji will be taking sessions for Vanavasi’s and team on 5th and 6th April, giving them insights about the traditional art and helping participants learn to restore and recreate.