FUJIN RAIJIN Matcha Bowl (handcrafted)

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

(Please note:Because this item is usually made-to-order, it may possibly take approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancellation cannot be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

RINPA is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, which flourished in the 17th century in Kyoto. "RIN" means the beautiful beads, and "PA" means school, so all works in RINPA are focusing on colorful and elegant expression. RINPA is also known as one of the arts which express more unique Japanese sensitivity in Japanese modern art.

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 Matcha bowls featuring RINPA paintings. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose FUJIN RAIJIN ZU, which is known as the Wind God and Thunder God screen painting in English. This painting had a strong influence on future RINPA artists; some fully devoted themselves to the work of reproducing this painting. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Sohtatsu Tawaraya (circa 1570 to 1643 - Year of birth and death unknown) was a craftsman of folding fan paintings. His paintings on fans were very famous in Kyoto during that time. His work not only focused on painting fans, but also painting folding screens. It is said that FUJIN RAIJIN ZU is Sohtatsu Tawaraya's greatest masterpiece, painted in his later years. Though other artists later painted similarly themed pieces, his FUJIN RAIJIN ZU is the most dynamic, lyric, charming, and widely loved.

The use of golden color has a deep effect. Golden color is used on the eyes, teeth, and accessories of FUJIN and RAIJIN. Only a small amount of golden color is used in each part, but it adds accent to the appearance of FUJIN and RAIJIN. Especially, FUJIN’s hair colored in gold is designed in a wavy form, and it creates an image that he is dancing in the air. RAIJIN’s hair, which is colored in black and orange, stretches upward with a curved shape, as if he is about to land.

Gold is also used not only on their bodies but also outside the Matcha bowl. Different gold particles coat the outside of the Matcha bowl, so that the multi-layered color produces a tactile image, as though it is emerging from the Matcha bowl.

The key feature of this Matcha bowl is being able to enjoy FUJIN and RAIJIN together in one work of art. Turn it around like an emaki (hand scroll) and you’ll see the dynamic and charming FUJIN and RAIJIN.

FUJIN is the god of wind in Japan. FUJIN is portrayed with a green color body and a swath of fabric called KAZE FUKURO meaning wind pouch. Red curved lines are used to create the muscular body lines. Even though these lines create a rugged appearance, the black robe and red and green waistcloth, which are decorated with curved lines, soften the atmosphere. His face, especially his round eyes, is quite charming.

RAIJIN is the god of thunder in Japanese. RAIJIN is portrayed with a white color body and shouldering a giant ring of drums called KAMINARI TAIKO meaning thunder drums. The orange lines on the white body create not only the form of his body but also a strong, sinewy frame. The rugged appearance of RAIJIN looks as if he is about to beat the thunder drums and produce lightning with a roaring sound.

Through this work of art, we are able to feel the significance of FUJIN and RAIJIN for the people of Japan in this period and understand the tremendous impact of these traditional Japanese gods.

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


- 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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