KACHOH ZU - AKI KUSA (handcrafted)

This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter 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: 5.11inch (13cm) height: 2.75inch (7cm), relatively flat style Matcha bowl
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 JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, which is composed of twelve hanging scrolls. 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 JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, "Flowers and Birds of the Twelve Months" in English. He painted twelve scenes of nature which are suitable for each month of the year in each hanging scroll, when he was 62 years old. Well-balanced layout and clear coloring pattern attract our attention. It is often said that this scroll 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. (RINPA Matcha Bowls + Cups page)

AKI means autumn, and KUSA means grass in Japanese. Autumn grasses and flowers are elegantly painted on this Matcha bowl. Each plant and flower is described with a refined touch, creating not only graceful but also modest beauty, and as the leaves turn to dark color, we feel that the autumn is coming to the end, and winter is around the corner.

A grasshopper colored in green and gold is on the autumn grass on the front right of the Matcha bowl. The insect is very small, but emphasizes the autumn atmosphere. Even though only one insect quietly rests on the autumn grass, this scene gives us the image that the autumn air is full of the songs of insects in the autumn evening.

SUSUKI Japanese pampas grasses are colored in red, white and green, and are blown by the autumn breeze. They stretch from the outside to inside of the Matcha bowl. This technique is not only to emphasize the shape of pampas grasses but also to enrich the taste of Matcha. When the lush green color Matcha is whisked, brewed and sipped, grasses rich in color and expression emerge elegantly. Its elaborate expression deepens the taste of the Matcha.

One of the key RINPA techniques, called TARASHIKOMI, is used on the stem and leaves. TARASHIKOMI is when colors are dripped into not-fully dried ink. Coincidental effect of blur makes unique and unforeseeable coloring. Different from folding screens and hanging scrolls, it is very difficult to use this technique on a ceramic bowl, but its faithful reproduction of Houitsu’s work expresses the realistic image. Technically painted hollyhock and hydrangea leaves with the use of golden and green colors have a texture close to the appearance of genuine foliage.

The use of golden color has a deep effect. Clouds are frequently used in Japanese traditional painting to separate and define space and time. The use of golden clouds makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious. The grasshopper, veins and stamens of the leaves are decorated with golden color. The golden color is abundantly used; it is not too ostentatious, but naturally, elegantly and gracefully painted.

The scene of autumn in Japan is faithfully illustrated on this bowl. Not only the one scene in autumn but also the seasonal transition from autumn to winter is well described by the use of color, especially the TARASHIKOMI technique. The passage of time depicted on this 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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