I went to the cinema tonight, alone as usual, knowing that I’m in for a real surprise. I also know I won’t shed a tear, telling myself these barrage of posts are simply overreactions. But I was wrong. The movie was so heavy that it will shatter your heart into pieces—pieces that will be very hard to put together once you are back in the real world from the dreamy place of Sapporo, Japan. Find time to watch this movie, not alone if possible, and know that you are in for a real surprise. I am certain you will shed a tear, and it will break your heart into pieces.

There’s a beautiful Japanese art term for fixing anything broken. It’s called Kintsugi which is a centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks of ceramic ware, giving a unique appearance to the piece.

In the context of Kintsugi, may we be reminded that the trauma and the pain of the past doesn’t define the future; that we are made more stronger by these flaws. It completes our being, despite the cracks and all.

And if all else fail, KEEP CALM AND EAT REPOLYO!

USEFUL AGAIN: A product of Kintsugi. Photo courtesy of http://tokyo-art.city/

PS, non sequitur: I want to travel to Japan!