SOMEAKA NEJI SHONZUI (handcrafted Teacup: 140ml)

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

Handcrafted Teacup: 140ml (4.92fl oz), diameter: 3.54inches (9cm) height: 2.36inches (6cm)
Extremely traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Keiichi Kuramoto at Hohzan Kiln

This Yunomi tea cup is quite an elaborate work of art. Sixteen unique patterns colored in red and blue are decorated alternately outside the tea cup, and a line of brown color glaze is horizontally created on the middle part of the body. A waffle pattern is decorated inside the cup, and its blue color is well reflected on the white color porcelain. It seems that different and consecutive patterns are arranged inside and outside the tea cup, but each pattern has a unique meaning and requires elaborate and prominent technique in a careful manner.

SOME means dyeing, AKA means red, NEJI means twisting, and SHONZUI means traditional patterns in Japanese. S-curve linear patterns are carved modestly according to pattern lines from middle to base outside. These patterns are created by a skilled technique requiring the artisan to painstakingly carve away everything except the elevated areas. During the process, the Yunomi starts out quite thick and is carved to thin. It is deliberate work requiring much time, effort and mature techniques.

One of the most difficult and elaborate techniques on this tea cup is its painting. Artisan Keiichi Kuramoto paints red and blue patterns alternately with the S-curve lines on the S-curved scraped tea cup. It is quite difficult to draw delicate and graceful lines against the scrapes’ course, even by matured skilled hand. Each curved line is very smooth and evokes a gentle and graceful image. Not only the curved lines but also the straight lines bring a noble and gallant atmosphere. It is extraordinary that Mr. Keiichi Kuramoto can evoke these emotions only by curved and straight lines.

All patterns are quite complex and extremely patiently painted. Intensely precise detail and complexity are fundamental elements of highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain. It is the reason why viewers can't help but pay rapt attention to Kyo Yaki while losing track of time.

Eight kinds of patterns, painted on sixteen aspects colored in red and blue alternately, are all traditional auspicious patterns, KIKKOH GARA, UZU GARA, RAIMON GARA, KOHSHI GARA, and so on. For example, KIKKOH GARA means turtle shell, which symbolizes longevity in Japan. RAIMON GARA means thunder pattern, and is square shaped. This pattern indicates bumper crop, because thunder is thought to be the god of rice and to bring a good harvest. The thunder pattern is vividly painted on the outside rim. A traditional waffle pattern called KOHSHI GARA, which is proof of the highest grade porcelain created in Kyoto, is painted in zaffer glaze on the inside rim. The contrast among patterns is visually appealing.

In Japan, highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain such as this is purchased with the intent that it will be passed down from generation to generation. This Yunomi is the quintessential traditional highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain, an ideal to which others aspire.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.




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Keiichi Kuramoto

Keiichi Kuramoto is the third generation of Hohzan Kiln. He was born in Kyoto in 1968. He succeeded the Hohzan Kiln after working under the second Kohoh for 14 years. He excels at painting traditional motifs of Kyo-Yaki such as SANSUI landscape, KACHOFUGETSU beauty of nature, and auspicious symbols on porcelain. The delicate and elegant style remains perennial favorites.


- 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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