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Kintsugi: Beauty in Imperfection

Actualizado: 29 ago

Topics: General English - imperfection - failure - beauty

Level: B1 and above

Skills: Reading and Speaking

Link to original article: "How the philosophy behind the Japanese art form of kintsugi can help us navigate failure".


  • To make some predictions about an image

  • To learn and talk about Kintsugi, a Japanese art

  • To read about Kintsugi

  • To retell main ideas of a text

  • To express opinion and reaction towards the topic

  • To reflect on one's attitude towards perfectionism

  • To come up with some ideas to implement Kintsugi philosophy

Use of language & lexis:

  • To use different tenses to talk about past and present experiences

  • To learn / review vocabulary related to success, failure, beauty

  • To learn / review vocabulary related to perfectionism/imperfectionism

  • To learn / review contextualized chunks related to breaking and fixing objects

Lesson extension for higher levels on Lana del Rey's Rolling Stones UK interview:

Link to interview: Lana Del Rey on Kintsugi, lessons she's learnt, and the minutia of everyday life

Link to Kintsugi song: Lana Del Rey - Kintsugi (Audio)

Link to Kintsugi lyrics: Kintsugi

Photo by Riho Kitagawa on Unsplash

Kintsugi Finding Beauty in Imperfection - Ss worksheet
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Kintsugi Finding Beauty in Imperfection - Ts notes
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Lana del Rey on Kintsugi (B2-C1) - Ss worksheet
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