HAKKAKU ZU / FUJI ZU - pair (handcrafted)

This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.

Handcrafted Teacup: pair: 250ml (8.798fl oz) each, diameter: 3.34inches (8.5cm) height: 3.93inches (10cm)
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 tea cups featuring RINPA paintings. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose ETEGAMI CHOH, which is one of the works of ETEGAMI CHOH, Collection of Paintings. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Houitsu Sakai (1761 - 1828), who was part of the third generation of RINPA, indurated RINPA in the Edo period. He is well known for his realistic description of birds, grasses and flowers, which he paints lively and elegantly. One of his most famous works is SHIKI KACHOU ZU, "Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons" in English. He painted the Japanese four seasons with representative flowers and birds. The well-balanced layout and clear coloring pattern attract our attention. It is often said that this work is the most valuable among all paintings of flowers and birds in the Middle Ages in Japan, because it truly creates an immersive visual experience for the viewer.

HAKKAKU means eight TSURU cranes in Japanese. Eight white cranes are realistically decorated, each with its own unique gesture. In Japan, the crane is a symbol of good fortune because it represents long life. TSURU cranes have been viewed as a symbol of good fortune through the ages.

The cranes are decorated in black, white and red. Only three colors are simply used for decoration, but the use of color gradation creates a realistic scene. Each crane has a different color of tail, neck and head, showing its own individual character.

The motion of the cranes is also one feature of this teacup. Each crane looks in a different direction and makes various poses. The cranes on the right side look upward, while the crane’s head gradually drops in the center of the composition, and finally some of them on the left side look toward the ground. This arrangement impresses us as if they are real and active. Also, the slender and lithe necks and legs of the cranes add to the supreme gracefulness of the scene.

This Yunomi features Mt. Fuji, painted in white, and the sun, painted in red, emerging from behind the mountain. The golden mist drifts around the mountain, and its color is well reflected against the dark sky. Mt. Fuji and the sky are wholly painted, even around the base. Both the composition and the use of color is very simple and stylized, impressing us with its stateliness and grandeur.

Mt. Fuji is one of the representative mountains of Japan; a well-loved and auspicious symbol since ancient times. Many Japanese artists throughout history have painted Mt. Fuji in their works. Other artists painted the whole image of Mt. Fuji, but Houitsu Sakai has expressed Mt. Fuji by focusing on the cap of the mountain. Bold composition and layout, which is one of the techniques of RINPA painting creates the powerful and dignified image of Mt. Fuji.

The use of four colors also adds to the graceful beauty of Mt. Fuji. The deep crimson sun rises from the mountain, and the first light of the sun shines on the dark blue sky. The morning fog and clouds colored in gold gradually clear, and Mt. Fuji, which is capped with white snow finally appears. Gazing at this image, one feels almost transported to the scene, as though immersed in a page from a story.

Japanese representative motifs of crane and Mt. Fuji are gracefully decorated on each teacup. Each composition and layout is very unique, and we are certain that these Yunomi teacups will enhance your experience with Japanese green tea.

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Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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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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