KANGETSU no YUBE (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 5.12 inch (13cm) height: 3.15 inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Shigaraki-Yaki (Shigaraki pottery)
Made by Eizan Okuda
Measurements are approximate because each item is formed by hand.

The warm and rough surface of the inside of this Matcha bowl is coated with SHIRAHAGI glaze. The color is golden brown and its rounded gentle form evokes a beautiful autumn full moon. The outside is brown, reddish and the front is gray which is created by wood ash. This color gradation is created during firing in the ANAGAMA kiln, and represents the passing of time from twilight until night.

KANGETSU means viewing the moon and YUBE means evening in Japanese. It refers to the Mid-Autumn Festival, a celebration of the full moon on the 15th day of August of the lunar calendar. We are able to see the most beautiful moon on this day. We also celebrate this day by displaying seasonal fruits and rice dumplings by the window with a view of the moon.

ANAGAMA is an ancestor of the climbing kiln, a traditional style of kiln built on an upward incline. ANAGAMA pottery is characterized by natural fiery scarlet Beedoro glaze of firewood ash origin. The color and pattern of each ANAGAMA ceramic is completely unique. So, it is said that even the master artisan is unable to fully control the glazing. (For more information about ANAGAMA, click here.) For this reason, each piece of ANAGAMA pottery is usually one-of-a-kind and quite expensive. However, this time, the artisan created 10 pieces of this Matcha bowl, which is the perfect number to create the ANAGAMA natural glaze in the kiln while providing expertly handcrafted work at such a reasonable price.

The bottom part of this bowl is rounded. The form brings a warm and gentle atmosphere. If you look at it from directly above, it looks like an ellipse. This is because the fire pushed the bowl for hours in the kiln and changed its shape. It brings a unique atmosphere.

SHIRAHAGI glaze changes in color depending on its thickness. If the glaze is thin, it becomes brown, and when it is thick, it becomes white. The gradation of white, brown, and transparent color is the most striking feature of this Matcha bowl. This glaze is ideal, not only for its visual appearance, but also because it makes the rim of the bowl quite smooth against one’s lips while drinking tea. The surface of this Matcha bowl is rough, so Eizan Okuda applies the glaze here to make it comfortable to use. Eizan Okuda is also a tea master, so he focuses not only on the appearance of each piece but also its functionality. He soaks the rim of the Matcha bowl in the glaze, then tips the Matcha bowl to adjust the flow of the glaze. The glossy golden brown glaze creates a beautiful autumn atmosphere.

Natural glaze is also one of the features of Shigaraki Yaki. Natural glaze means that feldspar contained in clay and ash in the kiln causes a chemical reaction. The gray color of the front part of this Matcha bowl is created by wood ash during firing in the kiln. There is a delicate aubergine tone within the gray color. The brownish green color is BEEDORO glaze from wood ash. The brown and reddish color is created by a fine coating of ash on the clay. It is called HIIRO, which means fire color in Japanese, and is an essential feature of ANAGAMA pottery. Burst feldspars look pebbly and shiny, accenting the rough and natural surface texture.

The SHIRAHAGI glaze and rounded gentle form evokes a beautiful autumn moon, and the color gradation represents the passing of time from twilight until night. This Matcha bowl looks unique from various angles, and each person will see something different. How does it look to you? This elegant Matcha bowl will surely expand your green tea moment.

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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