FUJISAN (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

(Please note: It takes approximately 2 to 5 business days from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Japan. In extremely rare cases, it may take up to 20 business days. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.54inch (9cm) weight: 13.40oz (380g)

Made by Shouraku Sasaki at Shouraku Kiln.
Shouraku Kiln, opened in 1903, is one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto. Shouraku Sasaki is the third generation of family artisans at the kiln.

This FUJIYAMA matcha bowl is created after the original by Kohetsu Honami (1558 to 1637), one of the three great ancestors of Raku Yaki. (For more information, pleae click here.)
It is said that FUJISAN is Kohetsu Honami's most treasured creation. High quality duplication traditionally has been admired for established Japanese ceramics since creating high quality duplication requires extremely skilled and broad-based techniques in all aspects of creation, and often compels the artisan to meticulously recreate an atmosphere which often was created on accident by the original artisan. Only a few artisans can duplicate historical treasured arts of Raku Yaki.

FUJISAN means both "Mt. Fuji" which is the highest and most beautiful mountain in Japan and "one and only best". The white color of upper half of this matcha bowl represents the well-loved scene of Mt. Fuji covered in snow (snow-capped). It is said that the black color of the lower half of the original matcha bowl was accidentally created when the piece was carbonized in the kiln. The original is designated as a national treasure, and it is often said that the beauty is the "one and only best" in Raku Yaki history.

The sides of this piece are deliberately and boldly whittled away. The scene from the bottom to the middle of side is sublime and tension-filled.

The art of Kohetsu Honami, characterized by free thinking and uniqueness of form, has mesmerized audiences in Japan and around the world for hundreds of years, throughout the history of Raku Yaki. Third-generation artisan Shouraku Sasaki of one of the most traditional Raku Yaki Kilns in Kyoto is the ideal individual to re-awaken this treasured creation into the present day.

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





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Kohetsu Honami (1558 to 1637)

Kohetsu Honami was not only an exquisite pottery artist but one of three great calligraphers in Japanese history. He was born to the Honami family whose business over many generations was finishing swords. He took delight in elegant pursuits throughout his life and uninhibitedly created his art by his own true feelings and desires.
His art which is characterized by free thinking and uniqueness of form has mesmerized audiences in Japan and around the world for hundreds of years.

Shouraku Sasaki

Shouraku Sasaki was born in 1944, and studied under his father, the second-generation Shouraku. He strives to inspire an elegant and relaxing atmosphere into extremely simple Raku Yaki. His high level and quite broad-based techniques which enable to create elegant works and to duplicate historical treasured arts are highly appreciated not only by pottery and porcelain industry but by Japanese tea ceremony schools.


- Raku Yaki has a water-absorbing property, so it is possible for this ceramic to retain and "sweat" small amounts of water.
- Before using Raku Yaki for the first time, please soak in lukewarm water for one or two minutes. Before reusing after it has been stored long term, please soak for thirty seconds. This process helps to keep Raku Yaki strong and durable as well as clean and stain-resistant.
- It is best to wash the Raku Yaki using only tepid water.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, washing with chlorine detergent, or in a dish washing machine.
- In case of using this as a dish, don't serve foods that have been made with sweetened vinegar.
he vinegar may damage the glaze. - Take care not to hit the bowl against a hard surface or give it a strong shock.
- Before you store Raku Yaki in its wooden box for long tem, dry off fully in the shae for 4 to 7 days. Otherwise, if the clay remains wet while it is packed away in a box, there is a possibility for the Raku Yaki to take on an unusual earthy odor or even for mold to form.
- If Raku Yaki takes on an unusual earthy odor, you can remove the odor by continuing to use Raku Yaki every day for a week.

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