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  • 15th Century Japanese Art

    The story of Kintsugi may have begun in the late 15th century, when the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China to be fixed. It returned held together with ugly metal staples. Ashikaga thought this was unacceptable. He challenged his Japanese craftsmen to find a new form of repair that could make a broken piece look as good as new, or better. They pulled the staples and mended the bowl with gold. To his delight, the bowl looked better for having been broken. Kintsugi was born.

  • Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi

    The term "kintsugi" or "kintsukuroi" means ‘golden joinery’ in Japanese and refers to the art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold.

  • A Metaphor for Our Life

    When we view our lives as being of great worth, yet sometimes broken or even shattered, we begin to understand that no matter the trauma, despair, hurt, fear, abuse, failure, addiction, disease, and even death, our scars and wounds are just part of us. As we do, we also must look at those breaks as a place for beauty to transpire for the skilled hands of repair to fill with gold. Each time, we must see we are more beautiful for being broken.

BLOG: Finding Strength

“Heaven is for Real” and Rolling the Stone

April 21, 2014

My daughter went to see the movie “Heaven is for Real” this weekend. While she liked the overall message, she really liked the advice Greg Kinnear’s character (a pastor) tells a person who was experiencing loss.

My daughter summarized it for me: “Everyone breaks. It’s part of life. What matters most is how you choose to fix yourself.”

Fix yourself, heal yourself – this is what we are trying to say here!

The movie is doing quite well at the box office, resonating at a time that the Easter message is being broadcast throughout churches everywhere. Think that was planned? I also think this is resonating because people are ready to heal. Spring is all about re-birth, coming out of a dormant stage.

I heard a wonderful sermon Easter Sunday from a priest who originally grew up in the Bronx. Coming from the Bronx, Father Cullen is very blunt, succinct, and refreshing. He talked about the movie “Heaven is for Real”, its message of hope and rebirth, and how it all ties into the story of Easter.

“The only way Jesus could step back into the world was by moving the huge stone blocking the tomb. He had to roll the stone. How many of us here now feel trapped by a large boulder? How many of us will choose to roll our stone?” 

A huge smile came across my face when I heard this. An awesome analogy for letting go!

I rolled my stone last November. Once I did, bright sunshine warmed my face and my mind opened to the world that still lay ahead of me. That was when I found inspiration to build this business.

I know other people have much bigger boulders blocking them than I had. I wonder if they feel they don’t have the strength to “roll the stone”.  I’m hoping that they, like me, find the helpful push from others. I can tell you once that stone starts to roll, there’s no stopping it.

~ Paul


By Paul Pustelnik, Kintsugi Kintsukuroi Owner