KACHOH ZU - NANOHANA (handcrafted)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

(Please note:Because this item is usually made-to-order, it may possibly take approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancellation cannot be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

RINPA is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, which flourished in the 17th century in Kyoto. "RIN" means the beautiful beads, and "PA" means school, so all works in RINPA are focusing on colorful and elegant expression. RINPA is also known as one of the arts which express more unique Japanese sensitivity in Japanese modern art.

We, Hibiki-an have collaborated with Zenshoh Yamaoka, who is the leading expert of paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages and acclaimed Kyo Yaki artisan, to release a series of Matcha bowls featuring RINPA paintings. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, which is composed of twelve hanging scrolls. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Houitsu Sakai (1761 - 1828), who was part of the third generation of RINPA, indurated RINPA in the Edo period. He is well known for his realistic description of birds, grasses and flowers, which he paints lively and elegantly. One of his most famous works is JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, "Flowers and Birds of the Twelve Months" in English. He painted twelve scenes of nature which are suitable for each month of the year in each hanging scroll, when he was 62 years old. Well-balanced layout and clear coloring pattern attract our attention. It is often said that this scroll is the most valuable among all paintings of flowers and birds in the Middle Ages in Japan, because it truly creates an immersive visual experience for the viewer. (RINPA Matcha Bowls + Cups page)

NANOHANA means rapeseed flower in Japanese. The bright yellow flowers are in full bloom, and the leaves turn greenish, creating the spring atmosphere. TSUKUSHI horsetail and SUMIRE violets bloom with lovely expression. Two birds, HIBARI larks, fly to see the flowers, as if they celebrate the coming of spring. Gold glaze outside the bowl also reflects the warmth of spring very well.

This painting expresses not only the elegance of spring but also the vitality of nature. Rapeseed flowers bloom vividly with bright yellow color, and SUMIRE violets which have new greenish leaves are also in full bloom. In contrast, leaves and stems of rapeseed flowers are colored in light gold and pale green, but this description attracts our attention, because they are painted with a powerful touch. Each line is strong, and the golden color of the veins evokes a lively scene. Rapeseed flowers which pass the harsh winter are full of vitality.

One of the key RINPA techniques, known as TARASHIKOMI, is used by the artist to give depth to the work. TARASHIKOMI is when colors are dripped into not-fully dried ink. Coincidental effect of blur makes unique and unforeseeable coloring. Different from folding screens and hanging scrolls, it is very difficult to use this technique on a ceramic bowl, but its faithful reproduction of Houitsu’s work expresses the realistic image of rapeseed flowers. Technically painted leaves with the use of golden and green colors have a texture close to the appearance of a real flower.
The use of golden color has a deep effect. Spring haze colored in gold is decorated inside the bowl, and it makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious. Golden haze is also well harmonized to the rapeseed flowers painted inside the bowl.

The scene of a warm spring atmosphere in Japan is faithfully illustrated on this bowl. The contrast between the graceful atmosphere of the flowers and the powerful touch of the leaves and stems also evokes the beauty and strength of nature. The joy of spring on this bowl will deepen the taste of Matcha.




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Zenshoh Yamaoka

Zenshoh Yamaoka was born in 1942. He worked under Zenjiroh Ueyama for 10 years, and then opened his own Zenshoh kiln in 1969.
His paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages are excellent. It is said his precise drawing techniques are in a class of their own. Indeed, he was officially designated as a traditional craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2002. His sophisticated, exquisite, elegant, and advanced drawing techniques receive high acclaim in the Kyo Yaki pottery industry.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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