KOHRIN FUJI ZU (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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 FUJI ZU drawn by Kohrin Ogata (1658 - 1716). Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Kohrin Ogata was born into a family of KIMONO fabric dealers in Kyoto. He was influenced by the beauty of lacquers and potteries made by Kouetsu Honami. He also was influenced by the paintings of Soutatu Tawaraya, especially his unique composition and brush strokes, and learned how to paint by copying these works by established artists. His most famous paintings are KOUHAKUBAI ZU, the Folding Screen of Red and White Plum Blossoms, and KAKITSUBATA ZU, Japanese Irises. Only blue and green colors were used in the Japanese Irises screen, but its flowers are very colorful and graceful. (RINPA Matcha Bowls + Cups page)

This Matcha bowl uses FUJI ZU as a motif. Mt. Fuji is covered with snow and there are MATSU pine trees in front of Mt. Fuji. This is a scene of MIHO no MATSUBARA which refers to the seashore with thirty thousand green pine trees and sand spanning over seven kilometers. The scene of the green pine forest, the white waves, and the blue of the sea with Mt. Fuji has been expressed in UKIYOE, many paintings and WAKA poems.

Kohrin Ogata produced not only the painting on a folding screen but also painted FUJI ZU on a SENSU folding fan. He then created a fan-shaped painting of FUJI ZU and pasted it onto a cosmetic box called SENMEN HARIMAZE TEBAKO. Twelve paintings are pasted inside and outside of this box.

Zenshoh Yamaoka faithfully and carefully reproduced this work on this Matcha bowl, following his impression of Kohrin’s work. We can see the magnificent Mt. Fuji at the center of the Matcha bowl and the green pine forest, spread out at the foot of it. He applied the Japanese white paints thickly when he drew Mt. Fuji so that it looks three-dimensional. The green pine trees contrast well against white Mt. Fuji and enhance the beauty of this Matcha bowl.

Gold clouds are painted delicately. It is said that this KINTATAKI technique is quite difficult. Zenshoh Yamaoka uses a wide brush and applies the gold like he is hitting the bowl. He adjusts the strength and makes a beautiful gradation of gold. Also, gold is used at the rim. The use of golden color makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious.

The scene of Mt. Fuji in MIHO no MATSUBARA is painted elegantly and gracefully. This Matcha bowl evokes the beauty of nature and magnificence of life itself. We are certain that this Matcha bowl will enrich the taste of green tea which grows with natural vitality.

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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