SHIPPOH HANA MARU MON - pair (handcrafted Teacup)

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

Handcrafted Teacup: pair 200ml (7.10fl oz) each, diameter: 2.95inches (7.5cm) height: 3.54inches (9cm)
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Shohoh Itoh at Shohoh Kiln

This Yunomi is elaborate work, which only an artisan with high skill can create. This Yunomi is fired four times to apply various designs and colors. Flowers around the upper body bloom elegantly, and traditional patterns on the lower body are decorated with a refined touch. Vivid purple color enhances the graceful accent not only to the teacup but also to each design.

SHIPPOH means seven treasures, which is a traditional Japanese auspicious pattern. HANA means flower, MARU means circle, and MON is a type of crest or pattern. On the lower body of the Yunomi, SHIPPOH patterns are created with beautiful regularity. Four quarters of a circle are crossed and connected with each other like a net to make a SHIPPOH pattern. It looks like rope used for ritual ceremony in Japan to remove negative energy. So, the pattern is called SHIPPOH which is regarded as auspicious.

The upper body is decorated with UME plum, TSUBAKI camellia flower and TAKE bamboo. Flowers and bamboo leaves are colored gracefully, evoking a celebratory atmosphere. Each circular design is created by plum and camellia branches and bamboo stalks, which is one of the points of interest on this Yunomi teacup. The vivid color of each is well reflected on the purple color of the KOHCHI glaze.

Each pattern is created with the use of the ICCHIN technique, which is to apply fine borders of clay on the teaware. Curved clay lines add soft atmosphere to the flowers and bamboo, and straight lines create a gallant and noble atmosphere to the SHIPPOH pattern.

This Yunomi is created by the traditional technique known as KOHCHI. There is no brush unevenness and the surface is smooth and glossy like stained glass, which is the most desirable characteristic of the KOHCHI technique. KOHCHI porcelain has an indescribable noble and graceful atmosphere; its creation requires great care and a fine touch.

Golden lines are vertically and horizontally decorated between ICCHIN straight lines. Golden color not only adds to the graceful atmosphere of the teacup but also is well reflected both on the colorful KOHCHI glaze and on the white ICCHIN lines. A thin blue line colored in zaffer glaze is decorated on the inside rim, and contrasts well with the white porcelain.

Tremendous effort and elaborate technique of the artisan are expertly articulated on this Yunomi teacup. Each flower and SHIPPOH is designed with a refined touch, and the glossy and graceful KOHCHI glaze is painted elegantly. We are certain that this noble Yunomi will enhance the taste of your Japanese green tea.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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Shohoh Itoh

Shohoh Itoh was born in Kyoto in 1959. He worked under the former Shohoh for over 10 years. He succeeded the former and took over the Shohoh Kiln as the second generation in 1989. He creates high grade Kyo Yaki porcelain having delicate atmosphere in a wide range of table ware. His goal is to build upon tradition with his own unique techniques. His works have achieved wide acclaim, especially his sophisticated KOHCHI ware.


- 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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