KOHFU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Tetsuji Hashimoto

This Matcha bowl symbolizes the spring scenery in Kyoto. Gentle white SAKURA cherry blossoms gracefully decorate this bowl, and the refined color of light green YANAGI willow branches adds a soft atmosphere. Colorful rings of orange, which are seen inside and outside of the bowl, called GOHONDE also produce an exquisite impression. These elements are well harmonized and make this bowl quite excellent.

KOHFU means fragrant wind in Japanese. This work expresses YANAGI SAKURA pearl bush, which is a flower to represent the spring in Japan, nodding in the wind and the scent of them drifts in the spring breeze. SAKURA cherry blossoms are blooming beautifully and bright willow trees are carefully painted in light green color. Small SAKURA petals like fine spots, precisely drawn by delicate brush strokes, produce a delicate impression.

Two kinds of gold color are used on this bowl. One is like clouds on the surface, which is drawn by tapping the brush and another is like dots among the SAKURA flowers. These two kinds of gold accent, and add warmth and elegance, to this bowl, bringing an impression of balmy weather.

This KOHFU is based on a poem from KOKIN WAKASHUH which is one of the traditional UTA MONOGATARI anthology compiled in the early Kamakura period (around the 13th century) in Japan. The poem reads “the cityscape of Kyoto, which is visible from the gap of YANAGI SAKURA pearl bush, is quite fantastic. It looks like a beautiful woman wearing KIMONO.” This Matcha bowl evokes the impression of the flourishing city of Kyoto and the breath of spring among ancient surroundings.

The technique called GOHONDE, colorful lines of orange, is seen on the inside and outside of this bowl. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is a little different in each work. The refined white color of this bowl and GOHONDE colorful rings add balance and warmth to the atmosphere and emphasize the beauty of this bowl.

The base of this Matcha bowl is carefully and elaborately scraped away, which is proof of the highest grade Matcha bowl.

This Matcha bowl expresses Japanese scenery in spring very well. The taste of Matcha surrounded by the fresh colors of spring will be the ultimate refinement. Please enjoy your green tea moment with the elegance of spring in Japan.

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

Tetsuji Hashimoto was born in Kyoto city in 1969. He graduated from Doshisha University in 1997, Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Research in 2001, and Kyoto prefectural vocational training school of ceramics in 2003.
He then studied and worked under his father, Jhohgaku Hashimoto. He produces many works adopting traditional techniques, following the wisdom of his ancestors. His works have a reputation for delicate and splendid painting.


- 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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