Limited

YOI ZAKURA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.52inch (11.5cm), height: 3.54inch (9.0cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Rakunyu Yoshimura at Rakunyu Kiln

Rakunyu expresses the original Japanese landscape on this traditional Matcha bowl, which is Raku-yaki. The scenery of cherry blossoms on a springtime evening is painted carefully yet luxuriously. The light from BONBORI Japanese lanterns illuminates the cherry blossoms. The texture of the Raku-yaki Matcha bowl and its form adds a high level of elegance.

YOI means evening, and SAKURA means cherry blossoms in Japanese. Elegantly decorated cherry blossoms colored in pink and white are in full bloom in the evening in spring. The contrast between the black color on the upper side of the Matcha bowl and the Japanese traditional lanterns highlights the cherry blossoms, which are reflected on the black sky, adding to its elegance.

SAKURA cherry blossoms are painted with an elaborate touch. The petals are colored in pink and white, and some petals are painted with the use of gradation technique. The pink and white colors of the petals create a noble atmosphere. The golden color of the stamens also adds to the elegant atmosphere. The glimmering light of the Japanese traditional lanterns of BONBORI on a springtime evening illuminate the cherry blossoms, creating a nostalgic atmosphere. The light pink and white colors of the cherry blossoms are well reflected against the black color of the dark sky.

The petals of the cherry blossoms are also decorated inside the bowl, which is one of the techniques to emphasize the taste of the Matcha. When the lush green color Matcha is whisked and sipped, the flowers rich in color and expression emerge elegantly. Its elaborate expression seems to deepen the taste of the Matcha.

The painting technique of the cherry blossoms is also one of the focal points. The patterns of the cherry blossoms and the lanterns are masked and the black color is decorated over the white glaze Matcha bowl. After painting black color inside and on the upper side of the Matcha bowl, the artist paints the cherry blossoms and lanterns. This elaborate work creates the pure colors of the petals and lanterns.

Raku-yaki is a very unique ceramics technique that was developed only for matcha bowls in Kyoto about 400 years ago. Raku-yaki is the object of envy for people who learn the tea ceremony and so they are anxious to possess Raku-yaki.

The most unique feature of Raku-yaki is that it feels very soft and warm to the touch by hands or mouth. Though Raku-yaki is thick, it is very light, and given thick coats of glaze. This helps to give Raku-yaki it's soft and warm material feel. The shape from the bottom to the side and top reminds you of the artisan's deep consideration for this bowl to comfortably fit your hands and mouth.

Raku Yaki has a water-absorbing property. If used for a long time, the surface aesthetic property changes a little. It is also a feature of using Raku-yaki that the atmosphere becomes more WABI-SABI. WABI-SABI is a Japanese aesthetic and spiritual ideal that implies authentic simplicity and imperfect beauty. Enjoy your green moment with Kuro-raku and the nostalgic scenery of cherry blossoms on a springtime evening.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!

Price

US$238.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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Rakunyu Yoshimura

Rakunyu Yoshimura was born in Kyoto in 1959. After graduating from the university, he studied and worked under his father for 22 years, and took over his kiln in 2004. This kiln is very famous for traditional Raku-yaki technique, and he threw himself into hand-forming pottery. His next creative challenge was to develop his own unique style of decorating Raku-yaki Matcha bowls. Rakunyu Yoshimura has pioneered many new ideas in the Kyo-Yaki pottery industry. His prominent technique of hand-forming and his original decorations create distinctive tea ware.

Directions

- Raku-yaki has a water-absorbing property, so it is possible for this ceramic to retain and "sweat" small amounts of water.
- Before using Raku-yaki for the first time, please soak in lukewarm water for one or two minutes. Before reusing after it has been stored long term, please soak for thirty seconds. This process helps to keep Raku-yaki strong and durable as well as clean and stain-resistant.
- It is best to wash the Raku-yaki using only tepid water.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, washing with chlorine detergent, or in a dish washing machine.
- In case of using this as a dish, don't serve foods that have been made with sweetened vinegar. The vinegar may damage the glaze.
- Take care not to hit the bowl against a hard surface or give it a strong shock.
- If Raku-yaki takes on an unusual earthy odor, you can remove the odor by continuing to use Raku-yaki every day for a week.

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