Now, kintsugi isn’t an unfamiliar practice to me. Its one of those topics always making the rounds in some Japan-related media circles. But in one article I read, it took a form I hadn’t noticed before. Specifically, how Japan’s time-worn practice of mending broken pottery with gold is something architects to consider.
That I hadn’t already thought to put akiya and kintsugi together conceptually is well beyond my understanding. It seems like such a perfect fit, if you think about it even only briefly. Taking the old, the damaged, and mending it with metered effort and quality materials. Akiya are, metaphorically, anyway, kintsugi taken to the next level.
I’ll be the first to admit, though, when I’ve overlooked the obvious. This is certainly one of those cases.