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diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.54inch (9cm) weight: 13.40oz (380g)
Made by Shouraku Sasaki at Shouraku Kiln.
Shouraku Kiln, opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto. Shouraku Sasaki is the third generation of family artisans at the kiln.
This FUJIYAMA matcha bowl is created after the original by Kohetsu Honami (1558 to 1637), one of the three great ancestors of Raku Yaki. (For more information, pleae click here.)
It is said that FUJIYAMA is Kohetsu Honami's most treasured creation. High quality duplication traditionally has been admired for established Japanese ceramics since creating high quality duplication requires extremely skilled and broad-based techniques in all aspects of creation, and often compels the artisan to meticulously recreate an atmosphere which often was created on accident by the original artisan. Only a few artisans can duplicate historical treasured arts of Raku Yaki.
FUJIYAMA means both "Mt. Fuji" which is the highest and most beautiful mountain in Japan and "one and only best". The white color of upper half of this matcha bowl represents the well-loved scene of Mt. Fuji covered in snow (snow-capped). It is said that the black color of the lower half of the original matcha bowl was accidentally created when the piece was carbonized in the kiln. The original is designated as a national treasure, and it is often said that the beauty is the "one and only best" in Raku Yaki history.
The sides of this piece are deliberately and boldly whittled away. The scene from the bottom to the middle of side is sublime and tension-filled.
The art of Kohetsu Honami, characterized by free thinking and uniqueness of form, has mesmerized audiences in Japan and around the world for hundreds of years, throughout the history of Raku Yaki. Third-generation artisan Shouraku Sasaki of one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto is the ideal individual to re-awaken this treasured creation into the present day.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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