Handcrafted teacup, 110ml (3.87fl oz), diameter: 3.54inches (9cm) height: 2.36inches (6cm)
Extremely traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Ichiraku Yamamoto at Ichiraku Kiln
This teacup expresses the graceful scenery of Japan, through the expert use of color to create atmosphere. The golden and green colors of TAKE bamboo and its leaves create the cool feelings of summer. Brown color of bamboo shoots stretch upward, creating vital energy of nature. Birds are sitting on the bamboo and flying around the bamboo grove, as though they are celebrating the coming of summer. The golden color of the leaves and clouds also accents each teacup, and complements the white glaze. Continuous spiral patterns inside the rim add accent to the teacup.
IRODORI means color combination, and KACHOH means flowers and birds. Gracefully colored flowers brightly and elegantly cover the outside teacup, and birds sitting on the branch welcome the coming of each colorful season.
TAKE means bamboo in Japanese, and bamboo, its leaves and bamboo shoots are painted with a tender touch. The soft color of the green leaves and tip of leaves colored in yellow creates its elegance, and the golden color of the leaves and branches not only increases its noble atmosphere but also evokes gracefulness as if the bamboo and its leaves rustle in the gentle summer breeze. The use of golden clouds makes this teacup bright and luxurious. Two SUZUME sparrows wait anxiously for the coming of summer, and create the warm atmosphere.
Bamboo symbolizes congratulations and best wishes. In Japan, bamboo is also a symbol of patience because bamboo is flexible - and integrity because bamboo is straight from root to tip. The combination of bamboo and sparrow is auspicious, and therefore is often used on family crests in ancient Japan.
Linear patterns are modestly carved in S-shaped curves from the base to the rim on the side. It was created by a skilled technique requiring the artisan to painstakingly carve away everything except this elevated area. During the process, the Yunomi starts out quite thick and is carved to thin. It is deliberate work requiring much time, effort and mature technique.
Traditional waffle pattern called KOHSHI GARA on the inside rim and outside base is also elegantly and carefully painted in zaffer glaze according to traditional methods of highest grade Kyo Yaki porcelain. Each line is decorated by hand, and highly elaborate and delicate patterns are extremely beautiful.
These teacups describe the season of Japan with a delicate touch, gentle decoration, and high level technique very well. Noble and gentle aroma of Japanese season floats inside the teacup, and takes you to the elegance of Japan once you sip your green tea.
Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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