Limited

SHIGARAKI HAKEME Hohin Set (handcrafted Tea Set)

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

Hohin: 175ml (6.16fl oz) diameter: 3.74inch (9.5cm) height: 3.54inch (9.0cm)
Yunomi (pair): 50ml (1.76fl oz) each
Yuzamashi: 110ml (3.87fl oz)
Sophisticated Shigaraki Yaki
Made by Rakusai Takahashi
Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the craftsman. There are natural variations in each piece. (color, form etc.)

Hohin is a type of Kyusu teapot without a handle and is used to brew only the highest grade of Uji tea. Hohin means "Treasure Jar" or "Magical Jar" in Japanese. It is said that high grade tea becomes much mellower in the Hohin.

Hohin pleases one's palate more than thirst as the capacity is somewhat smaller than a basic Kyusu, but the flavor and aroma created is delightful. The pour spout is made in a special way that allows tiny tea leaves to be poured together with the tea water into the cup. It is said that the tiny leaves enhance the flavor of the tea.
Therefore, Hohin should not be used for lower grade teas, Fukamushi Sencha, or tea leaves harvested in locations other than Uji in the Kyoto region. Hohin should only be used to brew the highest grade tea leaves grown in Uji, such as Pinnacle or Super Premium grade green tea at Hibiki-an.

Shigaraki is one of the six major old Japanese kilns and Shigaraki Yaki ware is characterized by its natural, simple style and grace of the combination of the clay and feldspar. The style of Shigaraki ware depends on the combination of the clay and the firing temperature of the kiln. White HAKEME, which means brush line pattern in Japanese, both accents and balances the warm and natural reddish-brown color of this Hohin Set.

This Hohin Set is very simple, but the artist has given great care to the details of the work. Rakusai Takahashi, who is the creator of this Hohin Set, is well-known for his high grade Matcha bowls. His high level skills and delicate techniques are employed in the creation of fine teaware like this Hohin Set. You will be pleasantly surprised at its quality.

This Hohin Set is truly a "Treasure Jar" - the atmosphere brought by its beauty and the enhanced flavor of the tea will relax your senses.

SHIGARAKI HAKEME Hohin Set is fired in the NOBORI GAMA climbing kiln, in which firewood is placed by hand as fuel for about 5 days (120 hours) or more continuously without break. This work requires a great deal of time and effort. However, this time-consuming and difficult process produces the warm atmosphere and texture of this SHIGARAKI HAKEME Hohin Set. Considering the quality and effort, this is quite reasonable in price.

Rakusai Takahashi said that long-time use brings additional charm to his works. The tint and texture of traditional Shigaraki Yaki ware changes day by day when it is touched or held in the hands. The atmosphere becomes more WABI-SABI. Please take good care of this Hohin set and enjoy the changes over time.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!

Price

US$122.00

Quantity

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Rakusai Takahashi

Rakusai kiln is one of the representative Shigaraki kilns, which last for several generations from the Edo period, around the 19th century.
Rakusai Takahashi was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture in 1954. He graduated from Kyoto Prefectural Ceramists’ Technical Institute in 1974 and Shiga Prefectural Shigaraki Ceramic Research Institute in 1975. He studied under Mr. Toyozoh Arakawa who is one of the leading ceramists and nationally designated as a Living National Treasure. He holds many private exhibitions all over Japan and enhances his skills by listening to the voices of his patrons directly. In 2010, he succeeded to the 5th generation "Rakusai Takahashi".

Directions

- 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.
- When turning the Hohin to pour tea, you must hold the lid in place with your finger, otherwise the lid could fall off the pot and possibly get damaged. This is the usual way to pour tea with a Hohin.
- Please don't use to brew Fukamushi Sencha or tea leaves harvested in locations other than Uji in Kyoto. And please use this only to brew the highest grade tea leaves grown in Uji in Kyoto.

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