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Art of Kintsugi – Repairing pottery using lacquer mixed with gold at KAI Kaga, Ishikawa

  • KAI Kaga

Starting from 1 February 2021 a program of Kintsugi*, repairing of pottery using lacquer mixed with gold, will be provided at KAI Kaga in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Kaga area is famous for its Kutani ware, an expensive craft decorated using five-colored glaze of red, green, yellow, purple and indigo on white pottery. At KAI Kaga, the bowls are not only used as breakfast bowls but are also used as tea ware in the guest rooms, and when these Kutani ware are chipped or cracked, the staff members carry out the repair work. Based on this daily routine by our staff members, we have curate a new service, which offers an explanation of Kintsugi, an experience to use the repaired pottery and workshops to repair. Through the understanding of the history and techniques of Kintsugi and the depth added to the pottery through the repair work, the trip will surely be a memorable one.

*Kintsugi is a Japanese traditional repair technique, where pottery is repaired using lacquer mixed with metal powder such as gold.

Staff at KAI Kaga working on repairing pottery using Kintsugi

Tea ceremony culture is deeply rooted in Kanazawa and if a matcha bowl breaks, it is repaired using the Kintsugi technique. Even the repaired area is seen as beautiful, where the bowl can then be used again. Recently, this Kintsugi culture has been re-examined but it requires knowledge, tools, and skills such as fixing the intricate patterns and the curvature of the pottery, which is a task that requires a lot of skill. At KAI Kaga, staff members have been enthusiastic about learning this traditional technique on a daily basis and have repaired more than 200 pottery in the building so far. Based on this daily routine, we have created this new service in the hopes that guests will be able to experience the history and intricate technique of Kintsugi during their stay.

Details of the repair workTools used for Kintsugi are files, spatulas, brushes, chisel, cutter, metal powder, lacquer, etc. First, the chipped part is shaved off using a file and different types of lacquer will be applied and dried multiple times. When the lacquer has hardened according to the shape of the pottery, gold powder will be applied over it. Although the technique is called Kintsugi, which literally means “joined with gold,” the repair is completed using lacquer and the gold is used in the final touch, as aesthetics. Depending on the color of the pottery, silver powder can also be used.

Three programs on Kintsugi

1. Explanation of KintsugiKintsugi culture will be explained to the guests during dinner, where pottery with Kintsugi will be used to serve the Kaiseki course. At KAI, there is a focus on the synergy between meals and pottery work.

Starting 1 February 2021
Time: Dinner

2. Teatime – an experience to use the repaired Kutani ware

At KAI Kaga, a tea room that was built back in the Edo period still exists. The tea room is designated as a tangible cultural property, which adds an atmosphere of the ancient times and will allow one to feel like they are stepping out of their everyday life.

This tea room is only available for private use and a teatime experience using repaired Kutani ware can be enjoyed. Usually, tea ceremonies are hosted in a compact space where the host and guest enjoys the space and atmosphere that is created with their own presence as well as the tea. However, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, we have decided to open the tea ceremony for one person to enjoy at a time.

Hosted everyday starting from 1 February 2021
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Starts from every 20 minutes)
Reservation: Accepted at the front reception until 3:00 pm on the day
Price: 1,500 JPY per person

3. Kintsugi workshopStaff who regularly performs Kintsugi will give a lecture on how to conduct the repair work and the workshop will be a chance for guests to create an artwork using pieces of Kutani ware. The property displays different designs of Kutani ware and guests will be able to create their own artwork using their favorite shape, pattern and colors.

Hosted everyday starting from 1 February 2021
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Hosted every hour, 4 persons per session and 3 sessions per day)
Reservation: Accepted at the front reception until 3:00 pm on the day
Price: 3,000JPY per person

About the “Art of Kintsugi – Repairing pottery using lacquer mixed with gold” Program
Property of Interest: Hoshino Resorts KAI Kaga
Starting from 1 February 2021 ~

Reference: Actions against coronavirus with respect to the management of health and hygiene at all properties of Hoshino Resorts
>Confirmation of health upon check-in
Our staff will be checking body temperatures and asking for travel histories upon check-in for all guests. If a guest has a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher, we will follow the instructions of the public health center and act accordingly, which may result in a withhold of stay.
>Addition of disinfection procedures to the cleaning of rooms and public areas
In particular, for the cleaning of all guest rooms, alkaline electronic water will be used to disinfect areas that are most often touched such as doorknobs, handles of wardrobes and refrigerators, remote controls, switches, etc.
>Availability of alcohol-based disinfectants at multiple locations around a property
>Alcohol-based disinfectants to be used upon arrival at restaurants for all guests
> High-temperature washing (above 80 degrees Celsius) of tableware (plates and glass) and cutlery, and disinfection of trays.
> Digital menus at restaurants of all KAI properties
>Maintaining over 40% humidity in all guest rooms (except for HOSHINOYA Tokyo and properties in Okinawa)
>Masks to be worn by all staff members
>Management of health and hygiene of staff members (checking and recording temperatures before work)

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