Company name：Tsugu Tsugu Inc.
Established：March 2, 2020, the company existed previously under the name kNotPerfect Inc.
Representative：CEO, Ms Yuki Matano
Capital stock：3 million yen
Head office： akikito apt 1F, Ebisu 2-21-2, Shibuya-ku, 150-0013 Tokyo-to, JAPAN
Contact : email@example.com
Opening Hour: 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Wed)
2020/08/11 The kintsugi service matching platform “Tsugu Tsugu” is lauched !
※This service will be closed on 31st July 2023.
・Press release (in Japanese) here
・Check the 90-second introduction video of the Tsugu Tsugu platform here.
Official Facebook Page in English https://www.facebook.com/TsuguTsuguGlobal/
Official Instagram Page in English: https://www.instagram.com/tsugutsugu_global
Official Facebook Page in Japanese: https://www.facebook.com/kNotPerfect.jp/
Official Instagram Page in Japanese https://www.instagram.com/tsugutsugu_kintsugi/
Greetings from Ms Yuki Matano
Have you ever heard of “kintsugi” ? Kintsugi is a traditional Japanese restoration technique used to repair broken ceramics. It is based on the use of natural ingredients, such as urushi (sap of the lacquer tree). With kintsugi, there is no attempt to hide the cracks, the chips or the joints of broken pieces. The scars of each object are highlighted in gold, which turns the object into a piece of art that you can treasure and use for a long time. It is also often said that kintsugi does not only have an healing effect on objects, but also on the mind of people who engage with the art of kintsugi.
At Tsugu Tsugu, through the art of kintsugi, we wish to offer an eco-friendly alternative to the current model of mass production and mass consumption. We aim at building a sustainable society where each object is deeply valued, repaired if needed, and used for a very long time. We have also been developing a variety of services that connect people who wish to have an object repaired with kintsugi, artisans who offer kintsugi repair services, and people looking to learn kintsugi.
In the future, we intend to further collaborate with artisans involved in traditional Japanese crafts, who unfortunately are decreasing year by year, and contribute to increasing the general interest in traditional Japanese culture and handicrafts by getting younger generations involved.
Tsugu Tsugu Inc.
CEO, Ms Yuki Matano
About Ms Yuki Matano
Yuki Matano is a trilingual professional born in Osaka.
After working as a sales representative for a major Japanese pharmaceutical company for 4 years, Yuki Matano quit her job to study abroad in Canada and Germany. After spending 5 years abroad, she scored over 900 on the TOEIC in both English and German. In Germany, Matano tried to go to medical school, but she did not pass the exam and decided to return to Japan. After returning to Japan, she tried to advance her career in the pharmaceutical industry, but suffered numerous setbacks. In order to get her life back on track, Matano enrolled in a MBA course taught at weekend on the Japanese campus of McGill University, one of the top 50 ranked universities in the world and one of the top prestigious universities in Canada. At the same time, Matano was working for a pharmaceutical company on weekdays.
During the MBA course, a professor from overseas talked about the beauty of kintsugi during a lecture. It was a revelation for Matano. Her experience of failures from seeking perfection too much and the spirit of kintsugi resonated with her life and values up to this point. She realized that personal scars and flaws are not something to hide, but and that beauty can be found within them. Determined to spread this beauty and allow people cherish objects dear to them for a very long time, she decided to leave her corporate career behind and learn traditional kintsugi as fast as possible. After her kintsugi training, Matano founded her own company, Tsugu Tsugu Inc, a company dedicated to kintsugi products and services. With her multicultural background and connections made through her MBA, she is now working towards spreading traditional kintsugi not only in Japan, but also throughout the world.
What do we do at Tsugu Tsugu ?
- Kintsugi Matching Platform
– Online kintsugi matching service
Platform for the sale of broken vessels
Platform for the sale of objects restored with kintsugi
- Sales of Kintsugi Supplies (shipping worlwide)
– Sales of kintsugi kits “TSUGUKITs”, which allow complete beginners to start learning kintsugi by themselves.
-Sales of kintsugi supplies.
- Kintsugi Workshops
– Kintsugi workshops (regular classes, discovery experiences, customized workshops, team-buildings for companies, workshops for events, etc.). Supported languages: Japanese, English, German.
– Consulting service relating to kintsugi/sustainability for companies (we are currently working on a project to collect and recycle broken vessels!)