TOBIKANNA ZIMON AOYU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 5.91inch (15cm) height: 2.56inch (6.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

This Matcha bowl is made in the kiln of Shigaraki, which is one of the six major old Japanese kilns. The texture of the clay is the most essential characteristic of Shigaraki Yaki ware, creating its natural, simple style. Therefore, you can feel the unique texture of the clay itself.

The technique called TOBIKANNA is used for the surface of this bowl. The artisan is able to use this technique to create uneven patterns naturally using trimming tools when forming the Matcha bowl on the potter's wheel.

While imagining the completed form, Eizan Okuda, who is the craftsman of this work, shapes and characterizes it, considering the usability, thickness of the glaze, and so on. In this way, he creates unique TOBIKANNA ZIMON patterns on the surface of this bowl, imagining the rippling waves on the water.

The pale blue color of this Matcha bowl is very impressive. It adds a cool impression and is in harmony with the flat form of this bowl and TOBIKANNA patterns. Eizan Okuda uses this blue color glaze called AOYU, which is inspired by Biidoro glass. Cracking called KANNYU occurs due to the different levels of shrinkage between the earthenware and glaze. It looks like beautiful glasswork. Each pattern of cracking is so different that each bowl is unique. The irregular cracked lines and light blue glaze color are well reflected on this Matcha bowl.

In order to emphasize the beauty, he intentionally glazes the center of the Matcha bowl and the edge of the outside, thickly with AOYU. The thick, dark blue glaze creates a graceful and mysterious atmosphere. It is just like a placid, rippled lake.

This Matcha bowl is flat and open style. The flat style was originally developed in order to choreograph coolness in the summer season in the Middle Ages before the advent of air conditioning. Of course, it can be used not only in the summer season but throughout the year.

This elegant piece ranging in color from aqua to sky blue with its lovely TOBIKANNA ZIMON pattern will certainly capture your heart!

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the craftsman. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Eizan Okuda

Eizan Okuda was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture in 1944. After graduating from high school, he studied under his father and also took lessons in tea ceremony of the Urasenke school which is one of the Japanese three major schools of tea ceremony. He was given the tea ceremony master name “Sohei” by the head of Urasenke in 1973 and in 1987, he studied under Kohsyoh Shimizu, who is the elder of Todai-ji Temple, which is certified as a World Heritage Site. He was also registered as a traditional craftsmen of Shigaraki Yaki ware in 1992 and he was awarded as a traditional crafts industry contributor in 2007.
He is one of few potters who have the tea ceremony master name, even in Japan. He has a perfect command of glaze, forming and firing by his outstanding skill and unique experience. He also holds private exhibitions all over Japan and provides the guidance of pottery-making around the world. Eizan Okuda is truly one of the representative potters of Japan.


- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- After use, please dry thoroughly. Otherwise, it could possibly get moldy.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.

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