Kintsugi (“golden joinery”) is a Japenese practice of repairing broken pottery with lacquer that is mixed with a gold, silver or platinum powder. Apparently, this custom dates back to the 15th century when shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (a military dictator) sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl for repairs. When returned, it looked less than satisfactory and may have inclined craftsmen to look for a better way (or more aesthetically pleasing way) to repair broken pottery.
Kintsugi is a beautiful concept that can be applied to your English studies by recognizing the beauty in broken things.
We often look at imperfections as a negative thing; most people strive for perfections. We can apply the kintsugi concept by cherishing our imperfections and viewing them as a positive. We see with the golden repairs, there is still value in something that is broken. We look at that broken item with new eyes.
Let’s look at our studies…
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