KOHZANJI (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm), standard Matcha bowl size Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Kahoh Itoh at Kahoh Kiln

This Matcha bowl features the quintessential and well-loved work, CHOHJYU JINBUTSU GIGA (11th or 12th century, anonymous) in the possession of KOHZANJI temple in Kyoto.

KOHZANJI CHOHJYU JINBUTSU GIGA is a painting of playing animals imitating people. Frogs, rabbits, monkeys, and other animals are humorously depicted firing crossbows, Sumo wrestling, swimming, and doing other human activities. The painting is said to be the origin of Japanese MANGA. This Matcha bowl features some distinguishing and humorous compositions of frogs and rabbits from CHOHJYU JINBUTSU GIGA. The motifs are painted vividly and carefully by unquestionably expert techniques.

KOBIKI, coating with glaze made from white clay, is one of the Japanese traditional pottery techniques featured on this Matcha bowl. KOBIKI white color is also called SIROGESHOH, which means to become beautiful by makeup, because of its graceful and lovely atmosphere. The white color KOBIKI glaze coating produces a cool and refreshing impression.

Humorous compositions of frogs and rabbits from CHOHJYU JINBUTSU GIGA and wildflowers are depicted with blue glaze. The artisan uses only one color and adjusts the density of the blue glaze to shade the drawing. The contrast between the white HAKEME and the blue paintings is elegant.

The technique called TSUCHIMISE, which means "show soil" in Japanese, is used on the exterior base of this Matcha bowl. The contrast between the red dark color of the clay and the white KOBIKI is beautiful.

The shape of this bowl is unique. When you see the mouth of it, you’ll notice that it has five mountains. It is called GOZAN, which means "five mountains" in Japanese.

Enjoy your favorite Japanese green tea with this charming KOHZANJI Matcha bowl. This humorous painting will surely make your green tea moment full of happiness and joy.

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



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Kahoh Itoh

Kahoh Itoh was born in 1963 in Kyoto. He had worked under the first Kahoh and then succeeded the Kahoh Kiln as the second Kahoh in 1984. He creates a wide range of pottery and semi-porcelain tableware. He is skilled at vivid color glazes like KAKI YU vermilion color glaze and delicate paintings. He pursues the ideal of delicate and vivid Kyo-Yaki. Vivid color glazes are typically difficult to produce. Thus his techniques are highly appreciated.


- 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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