Accepting donations for an up-cycling project !
At Tsugu Tsugu, we are strong advocates of up-cycling. The difference between upcycling and recycling is that, compared to recycling, up-cycling adds an extra value to unused/broken objects. With kintsugi, we do not simply aim to revert broken objects to their original state, we turn them in pieces of art by highlighting the scars of each object.
If you have broken vessels sleeping in your cupboards, it may me time to give them new life to all of these pieces of tableware waiting to be used again.
Every year, large quantities of ceramics and tableware are throw away due to chips, cracks or breakage. And yet, most of these items could still be used if only they were repaired properly. At Tsugu Tsugu, we aim to uncover the potential of broken ceramics.
In order to reduce ceramic waste and showcase the beauty of kintsugi, we are currently collecting broken ceramics or glasses to repair them and give them a new life !
If you have chipped, cracked, broken pieces of tableware that you do not use, you can donate them to our studio in Hiroo. Our team of kintsugist will be honored to restore each items and give it a new glow with kintsugi.
Why we started Kintsugi Upcycle Project?
Kintsugi has been used for centuries to repair broken ceramics in Japan. It became very popular in the Muromachi era (around the 14th century), which saw the flourishment of the tea ceremony. Bowls traditionally used for the tea ceremony were often repaired with kintsugi.
Over the last few years, kintsugi has got in the limelight again. In an age where we are much more aware of our environmental footprint and its impact on our environment, a lot of people have got an increased interest in ways to repair the things they have instead of constant replacing with something new. In this context, kintsugi is getting popular again as a great way to extend the period of use of broken piece of tableware. With its focus on up-cycling and its exclusive use of natural ingredients, kintsugi is a technique strongly rooted in a respect for nature and a philosophy that fosters sustainability.
(Yuki Matano, the CEO of Tsugu Tsugu Inc. , was featured in the Japanese program "News Zero" on 9 Feb 2021)
Thanks to its efforts towards a more sustainable society through the promotion of kintsugi, Tsugu Tsugu has been recognized by the Japanese SDG Association as a SDG-compliant business.
A few months after releasing its kintsugi kit TSUGUKIT, Tsugu Tsugu opened in February 2021 its first kintsugi studio in Hiroo. It also started offering kintsugi repair services and kintsugi workshops (available in English too!).
Each of our students is asked to bring chipped, cracked or broken items to work on during the workshops. If they do not have any item they can work on, we usually provide one.
It is important to stress that breaking items to repair them does not match with our vision of kintsugi.That is why we are always looking for broken items that we could restore.
Kintsugi brings win-win value for you and us!
If you can relate to our values and our vision of kintsugi and are willing to donate broken items you own, we would be very pleased to promote your shop in our workshop and on website !
We are always happy to collaborate with individuals and companies that share our commitment to sustainability and our passion for traditional Japanese craft.
The most worthwhile moment is when you get to see a beautiful revival of an item with kintsugi. 😀
Who can join the Kintsugi Upcycle Project?
We accept donations from individuals, companies and organizations.
Here are a few example of some donators:
- Ceramic artists
- Kitchenware Shops
- Individuals who love ceramics
How can you donate broken items to Tsugu Tsugu?
If you live close to our studio, you can directly bring us the items you wish to donate.
If you live far from our studio or if you have large quantities of items to donate, please contact us by email or by phone.
Depending on the situation, we will come and pick up the items, or ask you to ship them.
All items can be shipped to the following address:
Tokyo Kintsugi Workshop TSUGUTSUGU
Address: 1F akikito apt. 2-21-2 Ebisu,Shibuya-ku, 1500013 Tokyo, Japan
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
We believe that kintsugi would contribute to achieve SDGs and bring a sustainable society.
Please join us!
Thank you 😀