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

diameter: 4.72inch (12cm) height: 3.14inch (8cm), standard matcha bowl size
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

RINPA is one of the major historical schools of Japanese painting, which flourished in the 17th century in Kyoto. "RIN" means the beautiful beads, and "PA" means school, so all works in RINPA are focusing on colorful and elegant expression. RINPA is also known as one of the arts which express more unique Japanese sensitivity in Japanese modern art.

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 release a series of Matcha bowls featuring RINPA paintings. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, which is composed of twelve hanging scrolls. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Houitsu Sakai (1761 - 1828), who was part of the third generation of RINPA, 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. One of his most famous works is JUNIKAGETSU KACHOU ZU, "Flowers and Birds of the Twelve Months" in English. He painted twelve scenes of nature which are suitable for each month of the year in each hanging scroll, when he was 62 years old. Well-balanced layout and clear coloring pattern attract our attention. It is often said that this scroll is the most valuable among all paintings of flowers and birds in the Middle Ages in Japan, because it truly creates an immersive visual experience for the viewer. (RINPA Matcha Bowls + Cups page)

KAKITSUBATA means iris in Japanese. The contrast between the green color of the iris leaves and the navy and light blue colors of the iris petals creates the fresh atmosphere of early summer. One aquatic bird stays under the bushes of the iris flowers, watching the summery color of the petals. The golden color of the glaze also evokes the image of the fresh summer breeze. Finger lines called YUBIATO, made by the potter's wheel, also add subtle elegance.

KAKITSUBATA iris flower was painted by many artists in the RINPA School, and it is one of the famous motifs which represent the summer in RINPA works. Even though only blue and green colors are used to paint the iris, the flower itself is very colorful and graceful. The golden color of the veins adds its noble character much more. Not only the color but also each line are elaborately described, and the delicate atmosphere of iris flowers is well expressed by hand.

The black color of the aquatic bird emphasizes the beauty of KAKITSUBATA iris flowers. A bird stands quietly in the grove of iris flowers. Even though the bird is painted in black, the golden color of its beak, feathers, and legs are well reflected on the black color, and create an elegant atmosphere. The gesture of the bird looking back to see the iris flowers directs our attention to them, as if the black bird admires the flowers which bloom elegantly.

The use of golden color has a deep effect. Clouds are frequently used in Japanese traditional painting to separate and define space and time. Golden line painted by a brush makes this Matcha bowl bright and luxurious. Adding to that effect, the light orange line called GOHONDE, which is one of the traditional techniques, is decorated inside and outside the bowl. This technique adds warmth to the bowl and paintings. The GOHONDE technique creates the warm atmosphere to the fresh summer feeling.

Iris flowers, which artists in the RINPA school have painted from generation to generation, are elegantly illustrated on this bowl. The fresh atmosphere in early summer is well expressed not only from the summery flowers but also from various colors. Its freshness will enrich the taste of Matcha.



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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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