The Moon Followed Me Home by Otagaki Rengetsu
noni yama ni ukare ukarete kaerusa o neya made okuru aki no yo no tsuki Rengetsu
In the fields, the mountains,
I was enthralled, so enthralled;
On the way back home,
The autumn moon accompanied me
All the way to my bedroom.
Pottery cracks, chips, and breaks. Japanese craftsman have made pottery repair into a fine art. The cracks and missing pieces are carefully mended and filled in with gold. No attempt is made to cover up or otherwise conceal the repair. In fact, the repair becomes an integral part of the work of art; often repair makes the pottery more attractive. This fine tea bowl by Rengetsu has become even more appealing with the addition of gold veins and a large gold infill.
(Thanks to Robyn Buntin of Honolulu)