OBI SANSUI - pair (handcrafted Teacup)

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

Handcrafted Teacup: pair 110ml (3.87fl oz) each, diameter: 3.34inches (8.5cm) height: 2.36inches (6cm)
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Ichiraku Yamamoto at Ichiraku Kiln

The ancient landscape is drawn in blue glaze on the outside of this cup. The thin and lightweight porcelain enhances the good flavor of the tea. This piece looks very simple, but its quality is extremely high. Once you touch this Yunomi, you will feel its sophistication and elegance.

In Japanese, OBI means border, and SANSUI means landscape. On this cup, the landscape extends around the entire upper body, creating the effect of an illustrated hand scroll. Each element of the landscape, including the mountain, woods, and house, is skillfully rendered with a subtle, refined touch. The shading technique uses only a single color, which not only creates the colorful image, but also provides the appearance of depth.

This Yunomi is very thin and lightweight; these are characteristics required of excellent quality Japanese porcelain. Both factors make this Yunomi quite exquisite.

The teacup is elaborately scraped away, and vertical scraped lines create varying shades of color within the glaze. These scraped lines ensure the cup will fit into your hands comfortably, while creating a graceful atmosphere. It is very difficult to scrape vertical lines into such thin porcelain. This technique requires the experienced touch of a highly skilled artist.

There is a transparent spiral pattern inside the teacup. This pattern is scraped during the pottery wheel process, and adds an accent to this lovely teacup.

This tea cup features blue, white, and brown glaze, and these soothing colors help to create a relaxed atmosphere. The simple yet elaborate design of this piece will enhance your green tea moment.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.





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Ichiraku Yamamoto

Ichiraku Yamamoto was born in Kyoto in 1958. He worked under the former Ichiraku for about 10 years. He succeeds the Ichiraku Kiln as the second generation in 1990. He creates highest grade Kyo Yaki porcelain like Yunomi teacups, table ware for Japanese sake, and so on. His traditional techniques receive high praise. Indeed he was officially designated as a traditional craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2010.
His specific style sustained by dynamic and vivid scraping techniques and elegant and rich underglaze cobalt blue techniques has achieved wide acclaim.


- 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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