HOKUSAI - NAMIURA Matcha Bowl (handcrafted)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 2.95inch (7.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Kagetsu Hara at Kagetsu Kiln

This Matcha bowl features one of the quintessential and well-loved works by Hokusai Katsushika (1760 - 1849). It is said that Hokusai is the most famous UKIYOE Japanese woodblock print artist and influenced the impressionist painters such as Vincent van Gogh. NAMIURA on this Matcha bowl is painted exquisitely and precisely and recalls Hokusai's UKIYOE work faithfully.

This image is remarkable because Mt. Fuji, which should essentially be grandly and exquisitely painted, is painted small at the middle of the painting, and the great waves and ships rocked by the billowing sea are painted dynamically and vividly. The contrast of waves and silence of Mt. Fuji, and the contrast brought by perspective, create much visual interest.

This Matcha bowl is modest with a refined white color, created by the traditional technique called KOBIKI. The bowl is coated with glaze made from white clay and referred to as SHIROGESHOH, which means to create beauty through the use of makeup, because of its graceful and beautiful atmosphere.

The powerful wave, painted in navy blue, Mt. Fuji colored in pale blue, and the drifting ship in brown color on the SHIROGESYOH white surface are well-balanced. A cloud, painted in gold-colored pigment, which is not ostentatious, but courtly, brings a noble atmosphere.

The patches of orange, known as GOHONDE, are created by a traditional glazing technique that creates colorful patches of orange on the surface of the inside or outside. GOHONDE adds warmth to the atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is quite different in each work.

The rim is slightly flared, which emphasizes the dynamic impression of Mt. Fuji and the waves, and its form and size fit into both hands when drinking Matcha. Would you enjoy high quality Japanese tea and the most famous UKIYOE of Hokusai with this fine Matcha bowl?

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





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Kagetsu Hara

Kagetsu Hara was born in Kyoto in 1971. He is known for his mastery of a wide range of traditional ceramic techniques. He won awards for competitions in Kyoto Prefecture.
He studied and worked under his father, Kiyokazu Hara. Many of his works feature some traditional technique such as MISHIMA, HAKEME, KOBIKI, and so on, which are taken over from his father. His representative delicate techniques receive a high evaluation.


- 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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