Limited

SEKKA SOUKA ZU - pair (HARU KUSA / BOTAN)

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

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 deeply committed himself 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. His paintings feature a bold composition and layout. Also, the TARASHIKOMI technique, in which colors are dripped into not-fully dried ink, is frequently used. Both techniques originate from the characteristics of the RINPA school, so he is considered as the successor of RINPA (for more information, please visit http://www.hibiki-an.com/contents.php/cnID/85#1289).

(HARUKUSA)
HARU means spring, and KUSA means grass in Japanese. White and navy color SUMIRE violet, yellow TAMPOPO dandelion and green WARABI bracken are elegantly painted on this teacup. All of them are representative plants that bloom in spring. The bright color of the petals and leaves, along with the bracken stretching upward, evoke the coming of spring.

Violets and dandelions bloom around the lower body. Even though each flower is diminutive, the bright and vivid colors of the petals and leaves create a bold impression. The veins are decorated in gold, which adds elegant atmosphere to the flowers and teacup. Especially, the stems of the dandelions and the violets are painted in a curved line with a refined touch, which creates the lovely image of small flowers.

In contrast to the strong color of the flowers, brackens are painted in pale green. Even though they are decorated in monotone color, the gradation technique, which is used around the tip of the grass and roots, creates the realistic image of bracken. Adding to that, KANNYU, which are cracks occurring due to the different levels of shrinkage between the earthenware and glaze, can be seen on the bracken. Irregular yet noble expression of KANNYU cracking creates the realistic image of the spring plants much more.
One of the features which evokes the image of spring is the new growth of the bracken. From base to rim, they stretch upward with curly stems. This decorative element makes us feel the vitality of nature. Nature waited, dormant for a long time during the harsh winter, and now, flowers and grasses begin to sprout. The joy of the coming of spring is well expressed on this teacup.

The expression of spring flowers and grasses evokes the joy of spring, especially new life. We are certain that this Yunomi will enrich the taste of Japanese green tea, which is a gift from nature.

(BOTAN)
BOTAN means peony in Japanese. The peony has been loved by the people of Japan since ancient times. It is considered to be the “king” of the flowers. The peony is also one of the flowers which symbolize honor and love.

Two peony flowers are elegantly painted on the front side. One flower is in full bloom, and another one is still in bud and about to bloom. Each petal gradually opens, as though waiting for the joy of blossoming, evoking the image of the vitality of nature.

One of the unique points of this Yunomi is the use of color. Only three colors, which are white, yellow and black, are mainly used to paint the peony flowers. This simple yet dynamic design conveys the elegance of the peony flower. In addition, black curved lines create the characteristics of the peony’s petals, which are very soft and layered. Not only the elegance of the peony flower, but also its real characteristics are well described on this Yunomi.

The leaves of the peony flower are also decorated with a refined touch. Each leaf is painted with the use of color gradation, and this technique creates the realistic image of peony leaves. The veins are colored in gold, and it enhances the elegance on the dark color leaves.

The white peony, which blooms elegantly, evokes the coming of spring. The bud portrays the joy of new lives just beginning. The dynamically designed petals represent the strength of nature and enhance the peony flowers much more. Would you enjoy the realistic scenery of seasonal transition with your favorite green tea?

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

US$212.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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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.

Directions

- 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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