Tsugi-Tsugi-Kintsugi is a beautiful artwork by Masayuki Kishimoto and something that you need to see. Seeing Tsugi-Tsugi-Kintsugi itself is more than enough to appreciate its beauty but the more you learn about it and the more you understand the process the more you appreciate the beauty of this artwork.
The artwork is nothing more than a lot of dishes and pots that have been joined together. The joining process, called Kintsugi, uses an old technique of fixing pottery and kitchenware. Family heirlooms and other pottery from famous artists would often break due to earthquakes. Rather than throwing them away, a new art was developed to salvage them. The pottery pieces would be rejoined using gold making the pottery new and beautiful in a different way.
Tsugi-Tsugi-Kintsugi takes this beautiful Kintsugi tradition and turns dishes and pottery from Shodoshima into a complete work of art. The dishes are no longer useful in their original form but the new sculptures that he created are beautiful. I have heard that Tsugi-Tsugi-Kintsugi has been moved around Shodoshima a few times and when I visited it, the sculptures were in an old warehouse in Hishionosato. The room was small and the lighting was a bit poor but it really added to the atmosphere of the exhibit. It was mysterious and beautiful at the same time.
I really love Tsugi-Tsugi-Kintsugi. The full experience of being in a dusty old warehouse as well as the beautiful sculptures really highlighted the work itself. It was located in a difficult location to visit but I was happy I was able to enjoy it and would love to see it again. In the mid-summer heat it was difficult to truly enjoy it but I think a second visit would make me love it even more.