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Momosan Shop and tokyobike presents Kintsugi workshop on 25th Jan, inviting customers to a one day workshop at tokyobike store.

Muneaki Shimode from Kyoto will be demonstrating his kintsugi skills to repair your ceramics for which there will be a modest charge.

If you have something at home that you would like fixed, please come early to avoid disappointment.

An exhibition of repaired items will remain on display in the shop until 2nd February alongside Japanese ceramics illustrating the kintsugi process.


Tokyobike: 87-89 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4BA

Saturday 25th January 11am – 5pm

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About Kintsugi

From early times, imperfection has been the subject of aesthetic appreciation in Japan, particularly with regard to the repair of valued items that have suffered in the course of their daily use. Kintsugi is the repair of damaged or broken ceramics using urushi lacquer and most commonly, gold powder. It is a technique that found wide acceptance in Japan during the era of Sen no Rikkyu (1522–1591), the great master of the tea ceremony.

The main constituent element of kintsugi is urushi, the lacquer obtained from the Rhus tree Toxicodendron vernicifluum, native to Japan and China, which contains an identical irritant to poison ivy. It is not uncommon for urushi artisans to suffer an allergic reaction to the urushioi (which is traditionally countered by immersion in sea water) although immunity is generally acquired in the course of their work. The urushi makes for a solid durable adhesive in bonding broken ceramic fragments back together. Additional layers of urushi are applied to the repaired area, allowed to harden and then cut back with charcoal or polishing powder to re-instate the original surface of the damaged piece. Gold or silver powder is usually applied to the final layer of urushi although it can simply be left in its natural state. Metallic powder is sometimes mixed with urushi and used to decorate a repair. This technique is common elsewhere within traditional Japanese lacquerware.

There are three common forms of kintsugi: Kintsugi, where urushi is used to repair cracked or broken ceramics. Tomosugi, where urushi is used in conjunction with natural or synthetic fillers to repair chipped ceramics. Yobitsugi, where urushi is used to cobble ceramics from different items into a single repair.



Photography: Adam Fulford and Tom Slemmons


Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great winter break.

Momosan Shop on Kingsland Road will reopen from 10th Jan, Fri.

Jan open
Momosan Shop at tokyobike opens as usual between Tue and Sun.
Momosan Shop at tokyobike
87-89 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4BA
Tue – Fri : 11-7  / Sat – Sun : 11- 5