YAMAZAKURA ni KIGANZU 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

The composition, technique and atmosphere of this Matcha bowl is quite noble and graceful. SAKURA cherry blossoms are not only a well-loved symbol of spring but are also the national flower of Japan and one of the most important flowers for the Japanese people. 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 offer you this YAMAZAKURA ni KIGANZU Matcha bowl.

Zenshoh Yamaoka painted SAKURA cherry blossoms in full bloom and a flock of wild geese on this bowl. YAMAZAKURA is an original species of cherry tree that has lived in the wild for centuries. KIGAN means wild geese returning north in the spring.

This Matcha bowl was inspired by hanging scrolls called YAMAZAKURA NI GAN ZU in which there are a flock of wild geese and wild cherry blossoms in full bloom. There are three hanging scrolls and Zenshoh Yamaoka chose the design from the middle hanging scroll for this Matcha bowl. The original hanging scrolls were painted by Houitsu Sakai (1761 - 1828), who was part of the third generation of RINPA that indurated RINPA in the Edo period. He is well known for his realistic description of birds, grasses and flowers, which he paints lively and elegantly.

Zenshoh Yamaoka carefully paints the petals of the cherry blossoms one by one. You can see that the petals look three-dimensional. This is because he applies layers of the paints several times and he repeats painting and firing until all petals become the same thickness and smoothness. This technique requires much effort and high skill because the paints are quite difficult to use. The numerous three-dimensional cherry blossoms are unique and make this bowl gorgeous and noble. Gold color is added on the red brown calyxes as an accent.

You can see the flying wild geese inside of the bowl, too. Golden clouds emphasize the scenery of their return. This feature is a quintessential characteristic of traditional high-end Matcha bowls. When you receive Matcha at the tea ceremony, it is the tradition to turn the bowl twice clockwise and then to drink the tea. When you turn this bowl in this traditional way, the flying wild geese which are painted inside the bowl come directly into your view and you can enjoy it while you are drinking tea.

You can see KANNYU, a type of glaze and technique which gives the appearance of a cracked surface. It is one of the features of NINSEI-KIJI. The KANNYU pattern faintly appears over the whole surface of this bowl, which deepens the warm atmosphere.

The use of golden color also has a deep effect. Gold is often used in Japanese traditional folding screens to evoke distinction and nobility. The outside of the bowl is gracefully coated with a thin layer of golden color. This light-yellow golden color on the white surface gives a noble and gentle atmosphere to the Matcha bowl. The rim framed in gold makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious.

Japanese scenery of spring is well described elegantly on this Matcha bowl and it 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. Please enjoy green tea with these elegant and beautiful SAKURA cherry blossoms.

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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