KINSAI SAKURA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.72inch (12.0cm), height: 3.15inch (8.0cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Kohgiku Yamaoka in Kohgiku Kiln

This Matcha bowl represents the spring scenery in Japan. Three colors of cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and each flower is quite lovely. The petals are dancing in the wind. Golden color is inlayed around the cherry blossoms, with the petals and branches creating the gorgeous atmosphere.

KINSAI means coloring with gold and SAKURA means cherry blossom in Japanese. SAKURA cherry blossoms are one of the famous and representative flowers of springtime in Japan. Pale pink and white cherry blossom flowers adorn the outside and inside of the Matcha bowl, creating a gentle scene.

An artisan draws the lines and paints the gold first and then adds the colors. The golden flowers and petals have a fine gloss. Each flower is gently decorated with pale colors and reminds us of the mild atmosphere of spring. Pale colors are used intentionally to emphasize the gold. Golden color is luxuriously applied over the contours of the flowers and branches.

Colorful patches of orange inside the bowl are called GOHONDE, a traditional technique that adds warmth to the atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is a little different in each work.

This work features KANNYU, a type of glaze and technique which gives the appearance of a cracked surface. The KANNYU pattern faintly appears over the whole surface of this bowl, which deepens the warm atmosphere.

The gentle and lovely atmosphere of SAKURA cherry blossoms is delightfully portrayed on this Matcha bowl. Enjoy the taste of Matcha, adorned by delicate and charming cherry blossoms.

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




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Kohgiku Yamaoka

Kohgiku Yamaoka was born in 1942. He worked under Zenjiroh Ueyama for 10 years, and then opened his own kiln in 1969. He excels at bright and vivid works. Ninsei Nonomura was an artist who developed Kyo-Yaki style in the early 17th century. He was best known for his definitive pottery wheel technique and printing on Kyo-Yaki. Kenzan Ogata (1663-1743) was one of the first to paint four seasons flowers on pottery in Japan.


- 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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