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

Handcrafted teacup: 200ml (7.04fl oz), diameter: 3.14inches (8cm) height: 3.54inches (9cm)
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

(Please note: Because this item is made-to-order, it takes 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 cancel can NOT be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

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 Sekka collections. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose JYUNIKAGETSU SOUKA ZU. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Sekka Kamisaka, who was born in Kyoto, is an artist and designer in recent and modern times. He is deeply committed to paintings of the RINPA school, and was greatly influenced by the design of Honami Kouetsu and Kohrin Ogata from the RINPA Japanese painting school. The characteristics of his painting are its bold composition and layout. Also, TARASHIKOMI technique, where colors are dripped into not fully dried ink is frequently used. Both techniques originate from the characteristics of RINPA school, so he is considered as the successor of RINPA (For more information, please visit What is RINPA?).

YANAGI means willow tree in Japanese, and it is one of the representative trees that bloom in spring. TSUBAKI means camellia, a beloved flower of Japan that blooms even in a shady area or in the winter season. In the elegant scene depicted on this Yunomi, willow trees hang down with new sprouts, carefully painted in light green glaze. Moss grows on the bark of the willow. Under the willow trees, three camellia flowers bloom in different phases; in the state of bud, about to bloom, and in full bloom. Seasonal transition, especially from the end of winter to the beginning of spring is well expressed on this Yunomi teacup.

One of the key RINPA techniques, called TARASHIKOMI is used on the willow trunk. TARASHIKOMI is when colors are dripped into not-fully dried ink. The coincidental effect of the blur creates unique and unforeseeable coloring. Different from folding screens and hanging scrolls, it is very difficult to use this technique on ceramic teaware, but its faithful reproduction of Sekka’s work expresses the realistic image of the willow. The technically painted trunk with the use of golden and green color has a texture close to the appearance of an actual willow tree.

In contrast to the new and tiny willow sprouts, one camellia flower is blooming in all its glory on the center of the teacup, and the other two flowers are also about to bloom. The leaves are colored in deep green, and the veins are decorated in gold with a refined touch. These strong colors add to the elegant atmosphere of the camellia petals, colored in pale pink. This elegance blooming in the harsh winter evokes the beauty of nature.

The combination of tiny willow buds, which bloom in early spring, and camellia flowers, which bloom in winter, tell us of the seasonal transition. Both flower and tree look forward to the warm spring season. The elegance of the camellia flower and the tiny buds of the willow symbolize the mysteries and vital power of life itself. An early song of spring, a gift from nature, as portrayed on this teacup, will enhance the taste of 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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