KACHOH ZU - TACHIAOI (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: 5.11inch (13cm) height: 2.75inch (7cm), relatively flat style Matcha bowl
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)

TACHIAOI of this name means hollyhock in Japanese. The elegantly flowered hollyhock is decorated in red and white colors. The light blue color of the AJISAI hydrangea is well contrasted to that of the hollyhock flowers. A TOMBO dragonfly stops at the bud of hollyhock, evoking the image of the early summer.

This Matcha bowl is ideal for the summer season. The relatively flat, open and low height of this style of Matcha bowl lowers the temperature of the Matcha. Adding to its direct effect, the low shape of the bowl also creates a cool atmosphere even though the Matcha is brewed as usual. These direct and indirect effects add to the taste of the Matcha even more in the summer season. Depending on your preference, it is also possible to use this bowl throughout the year.

The red and white color of TACHIAOI hollyhock elegantly blooms with a refined touch. The stem abundantly covered in buds grows upward, evoking a lively atmosphere. In contrast to the hollyhock flowers, which are decorated in solid color, the AJISAI hydrangea at the bottom are decorated in two colors, which are light blue and green. The use of two colors brings out the image that the season is gradually changing, and the hydrangea flowers are turning blue in color. Adding to that, the color of the hydrangea is painted outside the profile line, creating a dynamic image. The contrasting colors of the flowers and contrasting painting methods are well harmonized on this bowl, and create different impressions by viewing from different angles.
TACHIAOI hollyhock is decorated inside the bowl, which is one of the techniques to emphasize the taste of Matcha. When the lush green color Matcha is whisked, brewed and sipped, the flowers rich in color and expression emerge elegantly. Its elaborate expression deepens the taste of the Matcha.

One of the key RINPA techniques, called TARASHIKOMI, is used on the stem and leaves. 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. Technically painted hollyhock and hydrangea leaves with the use of golden and green colors have a texture close to the appearance of genuine foliage.

The use of golden color has a deep effect. Clouds are frequently used in Japanese traditional painting to separate and define space and time. The use of golden clouds makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious. The dragonfly, veins and stamens of the flowers are decorated with golden color. The golden color is abundantly used; it is not too ostentatious, but naturally, elegantly and gracefully painted.

The elegantly painted hollyhock and dynamic design of the hydrangea creates perfect visual balance, and evokes a noble and cool atmosphere. Please enjoy the scenery of summer, emerging before your eyes, as you sip Matcha in this graceful bowl.




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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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