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

(Please note:Because this item is usually made-to-order, it may possibly take 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 cancellation cannot be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

RINPA is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, which flourished in the 17th century in Kyoto. “RIN” means the beautiful beads, and “PA” means school, so all works in RINPA are focusing on colorful and elegant expression. RINPA is also known as one of the arts which express more unique Japanese sensitivity in Japanese modern art.

We, Hibiki-an have collaborated with Zenshoh Yamaoka, who is the leading expert of paintings derived from masterpieces in the middle ages and acclaimed Kyo Yaki artisan, to release a series of Matcha bowls featuring RINPA paintings. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose UCHIWA YATSUHASHI ZU drawn by Kohrin Ogata (1658 - 1716). Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Kohrin Ogata was born into a family of KIMONO fabric dealers in Kyoto. He was influenced by the beauty of lacquers and potteries made by Kouetsu Honami. He also was influenced by the paintings of Soutatu Tawaraya, especially his unique composition and brush strokes, and learned how to paint by copying these works by established artists. His most famous paintings are KOUHAKUBAI ZU, the Folding Screen of Red and White Plum Blossoms, and KAKITSUBATA ZU, Japanese Irises. Only blue and green colors were used in the Japanese Irises screen, but its flowers are very colorful and graceful. (RINPA Matcha Bowls + Cups page)

This Matcha bowl uses YATSUHASHI ZU as a motif. YATSUHASHI ZU is based on an episode from the tale of ISE, which is one of the traditional UTA MONOGATARI texts compiled in the early Heian period (around the 9th century) in Japan. Actually, both of KAKITSUBATA ZU stated above and this YATSUHASHI ZU are based on the same episode from the tale of ISE. However, the impression of each work is completely different. YATSUHASHI bridge, dynamically drawn like lightning amid KAKITUBATA Japanese Irises, produces the WABI SABI atmosphere and the impression of silence. We are able to read the change of his feelings from his works. As an aside, KAKITSUBATA ZU is designated as a National Treasure and YATSUHASHI ZU is exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Kohrin Ogata produced not only the painting on a folding screen but also UCHIWA Japanese paper fan. He drew his YATSUHASHI ZU on his UCHIWA fan, which is featured on this bowl, UCHIWA YATSUHASHI ZU. We do not fully know the artist’s reasoning behind this work, however some KAKITSUBATA Japanese Iris flowers are drawn in white. By doing this, his intent may have been to produce a cooling sensation by the UCHIWA fan. We can try to imagine his thoughts while admiring this Matcha bowl.

Zenshoh Yamaoka faithfully and carefully reproduced this work on this Matcha bowl, following his impression of Kohrin’s work. The lines drawn on the picture show the frame of UCHIWA Japanese paper fan. Zenshoh painted the UCHIWA fan not only on the exterior but also on the interior of the Matcha bowl. It is very delicate and time-consuming work. The inside and outside of the bowl should be appreciated as a continuation of one single work of art. Upon gazing at this bowl, one can almost feel the cool breeze caused by the UCHIWA fan.

One of the key RINPA techniques, called TARASHIKOMI, is used to create YATSUHASHI bridge on this Matcha bowl. TARASHIKOMI is when colors are dripped into not-fully dried ink. The coincidental blurring creates unique and unforeseeable colors and patterns. Different from folding screens and hanging scrolls, it is very difficult to use this technique on a ceramic bowl, but its faithful reproduction of Kohrin’s work expresses the realistic image of YATSUHASHI bridge and adds a soft and gentle impression to this Matcha bowl.

The use of golden color in the background has a deep effect. Golden color is frequently used in Japanese traditional folding screens. The use of gold color, in a round shape like the UCHIWA fan, makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious. Golden color is used abundantly, yet is not too ostentatious. It is naturally, elegantly and gracefully painted.

The scene of the tale of ISE poem faithfully illustrated and the UCHIWA Japanese paper fan designed on the surface gives a noble impression and radiant atmosphere to this bowl. This elegant and graceful bowl will certainly enrich your green moment!

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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 paintings 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 a 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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