MAI SAKURA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.52inch (11.5cm) height: 3.14inch (8.0cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Sohoh Tanaka in Sohoh Kiln

This bowl is very unique and superb, and made with a high level of skill. The more we look at this bowl, the more we are drawn in by its beauty. MAI means fluttering, and SAKURA means cherry blossoms in Japanese. The name indicates that cherry blossoms are fluttering gracefully on the bowl. It is one of the best scenery in Japanese spring.

This bowl is very elaborate work, and cherry blossoms are a well-loved symbol of spring. This bowl depicts the spring in ancient Kyoto utilizing expert glazing techniques. The glaze is the key element of this bowl. This glazing is called UNDEI YU in Japanese, and that means cloud and clay glazing. Sohoh Tanaka made his own glaze, and developed its uniqueness to create the elegance and WABI SABI aesthetic. This way of glaze highlights the beauty of earthenware, and adds elegance to the bowl which reflects the image of ancient Kyoto. Mr. Sohoh uses two slightly different types of glaze, and fires the bowl twice. This elaborate process adds depth to the bowl’s texture. Inlaying with golden haze outside the bowl evokes the image of the spring mist in the valleys of ancient Kyoto, and expresses its elegance.

The form of the bowl also provides elegance and vividness. Finger line called YUBIATO made by the potter's wheel adds subtle elegance, and paintings are also drawn quite beautifully. UNDEI YU glazing color changes along with finger line gradually, and its irregular color also accelerates uniqueness of the bowl.

The light pink color of the cherry blossoms is painted elaborately and elegantly. Not only petals but also branches, leaves, and even stamens are well described on the bowl. All the details of the cherry blossoms are well reflected on the earthenware texture bowl, and the earthenware color of the bowl emphasizes the cherry blossoms’ elegance and color.

His refined work reminds us of spring glory in ancient Kyoto. Soft and gentle cherry blossoms welcome Matcha in the spring breeze. Once you hold this bowl in your hands, you can see and feel all the elaborate details of his work, which will expand your green tea moment.

Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that there are individual differences in each piece and each piece is unique, due to the features of this work.)



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Sohoh Tanaka

Sohoh Tanaka was born in 1935 in Kyoto. He devoted himself to his studies of pottery for 20 years, and in 1970, established his own kiln in Kyoto. He receives many prestigious awards in the field of ceramic art and handicrafts. His work is based on Kyo Yaki style, but his designs are original. His work is so refined and noble that his ceramic art is highly praised not only in Japan but throughout the world.


- 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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