HINOKI ZU - (handcrafted Teacup: 200ml)

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

Handcrafted teacup: 200ml (7.039fl oz), diameter: 3.14inches (8cm) height: 3.34inches (8.5cm)
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

(Please note: Because this item is made-to-order, it takes 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 cancel can NOT be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

The KANO school was the largest school and played the most significant role in Japanese painting history. The KANO school flourished for about 400 years from the 15th century to 19th century, and was always at the center of the Japanese art world. This group of painters was composed mainly of blood relatives and affinities. It was a completely unique situation. There was no other group of painters quite like the KANO school at any other time throughout world history.

We, Hibiki-an and Zenshoh Yamaoka, who is the leading expert of paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages, cooperated and arranged a series of Yunomi tea cups featuring collected works of Eitoku KANO.

Eitoku KANO was not only the most representative painter of the KANO school along with Masanobu KANO and Tanyu KANO, but also one of the most honorable painters in Japanese painting history. He built the KANO style. He devoted his life to creating paintings for Oda Nobunaga and Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Dynamism, forcefulness, and eloquence can be seen in his works. Real scale or larger enormous trees, and Singh / KARASHISHI foo dogs were vividly and dynamically painted on his works (Hinoki Byohbu, Karajishizu Byohbu, Shiki Kachozu Fusuma). In contrast, delicateness and elaborateness were also seen in his works (For more information, please visit Eitoku KANO).

HINOKI means cypress in Japanese. The glorious cypress trees depicted on this tea cup were originally painted on the folding screen, which the Japanese military commander sat in front of, to show his power and authority. Zenshoh Yamaoka decorated its huge trees in the center of the tea cup. Rugged and exceedingly thick trunks rise in the center of the tea cup and stretch from the earth to the sky with impressive force. The tree bark is colored in gold, dark brown and black with a fast stroke of the brush, enhancing not only the indescribable feeling which is seasoned over the years but also the gallant atmosphere of the tree, much more. Its magnificent and dignified presence evokes the image of the sacred tree, existing for thousands of years, full of vitality.

The vitality is also seen from the twigs and branches of the tree. Many twigs and branches dynamically stretch from the thick trunk and gradually narrow, but are very sharp. Each branch grows in various directions, as if a giant shakes or dances, furiously reaching out. Zenshoh Yamaoka painted each line of rugged branch with a fast brush stroke, expressing a gallant and masculine disposition.
One more essential point of the branches on this tea cup is its leaves. Green colored cypress leaves are painted with a refined touch on the tip of the branches. Vital power from the trunks is sent to the end of the branch, and produces fresh leaves as a new life. The contrast between dignified vitality from the trunks and branches and fresh and young energy synergize the vitality.

The use of golden color and natural clay have a deep effect. Clouds are frequently used in Japanese traditional painting to separate and define space and time. The use of golden clouds and natural clay makes this tea cup bright and luxurious. Also, golden color wholly painted outside the tea cup puts the cypress trees at the forefront, as if trees are very close to us.
In addition, immense rocks, which are decorated with a rough touch, and pond water colored in deep blue, not only express the actual scenery, but also create the space to bring this three dimensional feeling.

Natural vitality is well expressed from these cypress trees. The dignified image of the trunks which grow over many years, evokes the power and magnificence of nature. Old trunks try to come to new life through the branches, and new life steadily and gradually grows with many fresh leaves. Would you enjoy Japanese green tea with this tea cup, which is full of the vitality of these magnificent trees?

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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 paints 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 the 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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