NINSEI HANA SAKURA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

This is limited edition only available in spring and summer season.

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm), height: 3.15inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Ohkoku Yamaoka at Ohkoku Kiln

This Matcha bowl represents the spring scenery in Japan. Three colors of cherry blossoms are in bloom, and each flower is quite lovely. The left pink flower is drawn from the back side. The petals are dancing in the wind. Golden color is used to highlight flowers, leaves and stamens, creating the gorgeous atmosphere.

NINSEI refers to Ninsei Nonomura, one of the masters who helped to develop Kyo Yaki style in the early 17th century. HANA means flower and SAKURA means cherry blossom in Japanese. SAKURA cherry blossoms are one of the famous and representative flowers of springtime in Japan. Pink, white and gold cherry blossom flowers adorn the outside and inside of the Matcha bowl, creating a gentle scene. Upon viewing this Matcha bowl, you can almost sense the warm spring atmosphere.

Ninsei Nonomura’s masterpieces are characterized by splendid and delicate painting, efficiently using golden color, on its graceful and subtle white surface. Therefore, the graceful and subtle white color bowls are called NINSEI-KIJI in Kyo-Yaki works.

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 contrast between the cherry blossoms painted with pink, white and golden colors and the subtle white color background of this bowl emphasizes its beauty and the graceful and gorgeous atmosphere.

Under the golden clouds, you can see a pink color haze, which is created using the FUKIZUMI technique. For this technique, the artist uses a special tool, similar to an atomizer, to spray color onto the bowl. The tool is controlled by the artist's breath. The FUKIZUMI technique requires a high level of skill. Ohkoku Yamaoka expertly breathes color onto the surface of the bowl to create this lovely design.

The golden flowers add a gorgeous impression, while the golden stamens are drawn delicately. The flowers are gently decorated with charming colors, which remind us of the mild and welcoming atmosphere of spring.

Gentle and lovely SAKURA cherry blossoms are delightfully portrayed on this Matcha bowl. The more time you spend with this bowl, the more you will be drawn in by its beauty. 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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Ohkoku Yamaoka

Ohkoku Yamaoka was born in 1942. He worked under Zenjiroh Ueyama for 10 years, and then opened his own kiln in 1969.
His mission is to continue the traditional culture of Kyo Yaki pottery style, and his traditional method of painting creates a noble and graceful atmosphere. His technique, based on traditional style, is highly regarded. In 2002 he was formally recognized as one of a select group of traditional craftsmen 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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