The word Kintsugi is somewhat special in Japanese. It refers to taking something cracked or broken, like porcelain or bone china, and bringing it back together with golden joinery. The repaired object is no longer seen as damaged. Instead, it is viewed as beautiful and perfect thanks to the new golden decoration.
Sometimes, I think us humans need some magic repair to make us whole again, and unbeknown to me, my trip to Kōchi, a stunning forested prefecture on Japan’s Shikoku island was going serve as my Kintsugi.
The Kochi Prefecture of Japan isn’t usually the first point of call tourists head to after landing in Tokyo, but I was very eager to see what this nature wonderland was about. The more I read up and discovered before my trip, the more my excitement levels grew – and the more I realised I needed this kind of vacation.
With pilgrimages spanning more than 80 treasured temples, to traditional knife-making workshops, rugged coastlines to afternoons spent kayaking along smooth rivers edged by forest, Kochi was starting to sound to me like a lot more people deserved to know of its existence.