ISE MONOGATARI Matcha Bowl (handcrafted)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer 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 ISE MONOGATARI ZU SHIKISHI, TORI no KO. This is a scene of The Tales of ISE and it is said that it was painted by Sohtatsu Tawaraya.

Together with The Tale of Genji, The Tales of Ise have been a popular pictorial subject throughout the history of Japanese painting. The Tales of Ise is an anonymous work that reached final completion in the middle of the 10th century. It consists of many poems and episodes which explain the circumstances in which the poems were written. The protagonist is unclear. However, it is said that the man was the famous 9th century poet Ariwara no Narihira (825-880) who was one of the six poetic geniuses, because there are many of his poems in the tales. So they can be read in part as his fictional biography.

The scene is inscribed with this woman’s poem to a man. She is questioning his love and she writes that falling in love with someone who doesn’t love her is more fragile than writing numbers in the flowing stream. Her life is blessed with material wealth, however her mind is not fulfilled, and she feels loneliness. That is why she looks so unhappy.

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. He is famous for his masterpiece FUJIN RAIJIN ZU, painted in his later years.

The use of golden color has a deep effect. Golden color is used on the KIMONO and the flow of the river. His touch of the pattern of KIMONO is exquisite and the gold makes it gorgeous. Only a small amount of golden color is used in each part, but it adds accent to the Matcha bowl. The gold is also used on the whole body of the bowl and evokes the noble atmosphere.

The design of this Matcha bowl not only expresses the gorgeous atmosphere in ancient times but also describes the emotion of the characters in the story of The Tales of ISE. When gazing at this bowl, you will be drawn into the story.

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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