Three Types of Kintsugi Workshops in Tokyo — Traditional Kintsugi Shop TSUGU TSUGU

Three Types of Kintsugi Workshops in Tokyo

We offer three types of kintsugi lessons to meet the needs of our customers.

  1. One-hour Kintsugi Workshop (restoring plates using traditional kintsugi with urushi lacquer)
  2. One-hour Kintsugi Workshop (creating kintsugi style accessories and chopstick rests without using urushi lacquer)
  3. Regular Kintsugi Classes (repair your own broken vessels using urushi lacquer)

1) One-hour Kintsugi Workshop (about 60 minutes):

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to experience the most impressive step of traditional kintsugi repair: the dusting of gold powder over the restored parts.

kintsugi workshop with genuine gold finish

Traditional kintsugi repair is based on the use of urushi (the sap of the lacquer tree). Urushi requires a lot of time to cure and it is not possible to complete a whole kintsugi repair with urushi within an hour. However, for the discovery workshop, we restore the objects in advance so that you can directly apply the finishing layer.

You can choose to dust gold on a restored Japanese plate (subject to availability, please contact us in advance).

kintsugi plate with gold finish

Once the item dusted with gold has completely hardened (3-4 days), you can pick it up at our studio or ask for it to be sent to your address.

During all of our workshops, we exclusively use traditional kintsugi techniques, which are based on the use of natural urushi lacquer. It is the only fully food safe option for kintsugi.

Price : 6600 yen per person

For group sessions, please contact us a few weeks in advance.

Gold powder : You can pick between a blass finish (not certified as food safe, only for decoration) and a 23kt gold finish (food safe). For the 23 kt gold finish,  there is a supplement of 550 yen per person.

VenueEbisu studio (up to 6 people) or Asakusa (up to 10 people)

Reservation : Contact us at least one week in advance at info@kintsugi-girl.com

2) One-hour Kintsugi Workshop (about 30-45 minutes):

For those who easily get rashes from lacquer or who want to take their creations home immediately, we recommend the "Kintsugi-style" workshop, which does not use urushi lacquer. Instead of using the traditional method, you can easily create kintsugi-like pieces using synthetic resin. Therefore, instead of tableware to serve food, chopstick rests, accessories, and key chains are made.

Chopstick rests with pottery pieces found in the Japanese sea

 

Above photo: Chopstick rests with pottery pieces found in the Japanese sea

Earrings with with glass pieces found in the Japanese sea

Above photo: Earrings with with glass pieces found in the Japanese sea

Sea potteries and sea glasses can also be mixed to create fashionable items that blend Japanese and Western styles. Those pieces have been washed out in the sea over a long period of time, rounded at the corners, and become smaller and smaller when arrived at the shore. Once discarded as trash, they are not only picked up and reused, but also fashionably revitalized.

This kintsugi-style joint without using urushi lacquer is recently called “Modern-kintsugi." It is finished with brass instead of genuine gold.

Price : 4400 yen per person (4 pieces included)
There is a supplement of 330 yen for each additional sea glass/ceramic or metal fitting used. 

The following discounts are available:
Discount for children (2,200 yen for elementary and junior high school students 6 years old and up), parents accompanying children are free (please include parents in the number of students when making a reservation), Student discount (2,200 yen for children up to 22 years old)

For group sessions, please contact us a few weeks in advance.

Gold powder : Brass only

VenueEbisu studio (up to 6 people) or Asakusa (up to 10 people)

Reservation : Contact us at least one week in advance at info@kintsugi-girl.com

3) Regular Kintsugi Classes (90 minutes per class)

In the one-day kintsugi workshops, we prepare the vessels and objects, but in the regular kintsugi classes, you can repair your own broken vessels.

With our regular classes, you can learn to restore damaged objects using traditional kintsugi techniques. Our classes are customized according to your experience with kintsugi and the kintsugi projects you wish to work on.

Students will learn kintsugi at our studio using the TSUGUKIT. The goal is that you can do kintsugi at home by yourself. You can also attend kintsugi lessons only when you stumble while doing kintsugi alone.

Urushi lacquer is the main ingredient used in traditional kintsugi. It is known for being very strong and durable once it has hardened. However, the hardening process of urushi takes time and requires specific conditions. A full kintsugi repair usually takes at least a few month because many layers of urushi are required. It usually takes at least 5 lessons to complete a full repair.

Course Fees:

1) Registration fee: 11000 yen (tax incl.)

2) Course fee:

- Ticket for 1 class: 6600 yen (tax incl.) or Ticket for 4 classes: 22000 yen (tax incl.)

- 3) Material fee: You have to purchase your own TSUGUKIT at our studio.

- 4) Optional - Storage of items at Tsugu Tsugu's studio (including the use of the drying cabinet): 3300 yen/year (tax incl.)

Venue:  Ebisu studio (up to 6 people) or Asakusa (up to 10 people)

Reservation: Contact us at least one week in advance at info@kintsugi-girl.com

Please send us pictures of the item you wish to repair. If you do not have a broken item to repair, you can purchase a damaged piece for a few hundreds yen at our studio before your first class.

Measures taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases:  Hands should be sanitized when entering our studios. We request all of our students and staff members to wear a mask at all times inside our studios. In addition, if you have fever or any other worrying symptoms, please refrain from coming to class and ask to reschedule. We thank you for your cooperation.

Our studios in Tokyo

Tsugu Tsugu Ebisu Studio

Tsugu Tsugu -  Ebisu Studio

Address: 1F akikito apt., 2-21-2 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013
Access: Ebisu station (12' on foot), Hiroo station (8' on foot)

 Tsugu Tsugu Asakusa Studio

Tsugu Tsugu - Asakusa Studio

Address: 1F, 1-1-2, Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0034
Access: Asakusa station (3-4' on foot), Tawaramachi station (7' on foot),
Kuramae station (10' on foot)

 

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