Being made from natural materials such as wood, lacquer, paper, dyes, silk, and clay—if not properly cared for Japanese antique artworks have a tendency to deteriorate over time. There is however, a fine line separating age-related damage from that elusive category that is often referred to as “aji” in Japanese—the elegance bestowed upon an object through the process of graceful aging. Ultimately it is a mater of differing tastes and opinions; those who would like an artwork to look well-cared for and as pristine as possible, and those who would like to see the processes of time at work, and for an artwork to show its age—thus providing us with added assurance and clues regarding its provenance. With both of these positions being valid, it is really up to the owner of an art piece to decide how they feel about the appearance based on this understanding. For those who would like to mend or replace worn fabrics, remove discoloration from old scrolls, repair chips or cracks in ceramic pieces, or possibly those looking for detailed restorations of faded paintings, we either offer these services or can put you in touch with those who do.