KISSHOH SOUKA (handcrafted Teacup: 175ml)

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

Handcrafted Teacup: 175ml (6.16fl oz), diameter: 3.15inches (8cm) height: 3.34inches (8.5cm)
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zuikoh Tsuchitani in Zuikoh Kiln

This Yunomi features the quintessential Japanese winter scenery and symbols of the season. Green pine trees capped with white snow are decorated inside and outside the teacup, and red plum flowers bloom near the pine tree. The harmony and contrast of natural white clay and the lovely decoration are very unique.

KISSHOH of this name means auspicious and SOUKA means plant and flower in Japanese. MATSU Japanese pine and UME plum, which are regarded as an auspicious motif in Japan, are painted with a lovely touch. Both bloom in full color, and white snow accents the green pines and red plum.

The painting technique of the pine and plum are very interesting features of this teacup. The light green color of the pine is painted in a circle, and the needle-shaped foliage is colored in rich green. In contrast, some pine tree needles are decorated in white clay, and this technique is called ICCHIN MORI in Japanese. As for the plum, the round shape of the blossom petals is colored in red by the use of the gradation technique, and some of them are edged, placing a fine border of white clay around each petal. The soft and pleasant touch of ICCHIN MORI makes us feel as though we are touching its flower and plant blooming in warm colors, and yet it is the cold winter season.

Colorful patches of orange are called GOHONDE, a traditional technique that adds warmth to the atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is a little different in each work. Linear ridges from the potter's wheel, on the outside of the Yunomi, add a soothing rhythm.

Auspicious symbols of winter in Japan are beautifully expressed on this teacup. The color contrast among green pine, red plum and white snow makes us full of joy. The calm and warm atmosphere in the winter season will certainly enrich your Japanese green tea.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that there are individual differences in each piece and each piece is unique, due to the features of this work.)




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Zuikoh Tsuchitani

Zuikoh Tsuchitani was born in 1959 in Kyoto. He graduated from the university, majoring in pottery glazing. In 2013, he became the third head of Zuikoh kiln. His effort focuses on the research of the glaze, how to make kiln, forming and firing. Through his research, his goal is to make new and unique Kyo-Yaki teaware, that still holds true to tradition.


- 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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