AKA RAKU - BATARAI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in summer season.

diameter: 5.51inch (14cm) height: 2.17inch (5.5cm), flat style Matcha bowl
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Rakunyu Yoshimura at Suiraku Kiln

In Japan, Raku-yaki is the highest grade Matcha bowl used for the tea ceremony. Having a flat form Matcha bowl is the ultimate luxury. The taste of Matcha brewed in this bowl is subtle elegance.
This Matcha bowl is ideal for the summer season. Flat, open and low height of this style of Matcha bowl lowers the temperature of the Matcha. Adding to its direct effect, low and thick shape of the bowl also creates a cool atmosphere even though Matcha is brewed as usual. Direct and indirect effect adds 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.

Raku-yaki is a very unique ceramics technique that was developed only for matcha bowls in Kyoto about 400 years ago. Today, it is still made in the same traditional way. Raku-yaki is the object of envy for people who learn the tea ceremony and so they are anxious to possess Raku-yaki. There are two main kinds of Raku-yaki: Kuro-raku which means black Raku-yaki, and Aka-raku, which means red Raku-yaki. This matcha bowl is red, so it is known as Aka-raku.

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 feeling. It is created by heating for a shorter time with a lower temperature than any other general ceramic. (1,100C to 1,200C (2,012F to 2.192F) and about 10 minutes) The glaze made from Kamogawa river-stone which is kneaded and then melted down by heat, creates the traditional atmosphere. It is said that the Kuro-raku's black color brings Matcha's bright green color out into prominence. In contrast to it, it is said that Aka-Raku's red color with mathca's green color is more fascinatingly elegant. 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. Used for a long time, the surface aesthetic property a little changes. 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 Aka-raku, the most historical and traditional matcha bowl!

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Features of this item

- Very soft and warm to the touch by hands or mouth.
- The shape fits your hands and mouth and reminds you of the artisan's deep consideration.

Rakunyu Yoshimura

Suiraku Kiln, opened in 1903 is one of the most traditional Raku-yaki Kilns in Kyoto. Mr. Rakunyu Yoshimura was born in 1959 in Kyoto. After graduation from pottery school, he studied under his father, and succeeded to Suiraku Kiln in 2004. His work is mainly based on the tradition of Raku-yaki, and he devotes himself to handmade teaware items. He is very good at making use of clay’s special qualities, and his decoration technique is expressed on his works remarkably.


- 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.
- Before you store Raku-yaki in its wooden box for long tem, dry off fully in the shade for 4 to 7 days. Otherwise, if the clay remains wet while it is packed away in a box, there is a possibility for the Raku-yaki to take on an unusual earthy odor or even for mold to form.
- 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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