SEKKA SOUKA ZU - pair(HAKU BAI / KIKU, handcrafted)

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

Handcrafted Teacup: pair: 200ml (7.04fl oz) each, diameter: 3.14inches (8cm) height: 3.54inches (9cm)
Sophisticated Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Zenshoh Yamaoka at Zenshoh Kiln

(Please note: Because this item is made-to-order, it takes approximately 3 weeks from the time you order this item until the date it is shipped from Kyoto, Japan. Once ordered, any order change or cancel can NOT be accepted. If you order this item with other items, they will be shipped together.)

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 tea cups featuring Sekka collections. Zenshoh Yamaoka chose JYUNIKAGETSU SOUKA ZU. Each painting is well decorated by his unique sense.

Sekka Kamisaka, who was born in Kyoto, is an artist and designer in recent and modern times. He is deeply committed to paintings of the RINPA school, and was greatly influenced by the design of Honami Kouetsu and Kohrin Ogata from the RINPA Japanese painting school. The characteristics of his painting are its bold composition and layout. Also, TARASHIKOMI technique, where colors are dripped into not fully dried ink is frequently used. Both techniques originate from the characteristics of RINPA school, so he is considered as the successor of RINPA (For more information, please visit What is RINPA?).

HAKU BAI means white color UME plum. Plum, a traditional symbol of wintertime or early spring in Japan, is painted elegantly on the surface. Some plum flowers are still in bud and about to bloom, which is the precise moment of bearing new life. Plum is a special auspicious flower in Japan because it is said that plum is the first to bloom of all spring flowers.

The contrast between the trunk and the branches is one of the focal points to appreciate on this Yunomi. The trunk is very thick, painted in dark brown, expressing wisdom with age. In contrast, the branches stretching from the bottom to the rim upward create a lively atmosphere. Different from the plum trunk, the branches are so long and flexible, evoking a young and vigorous atmosphere.

Sekka Kamisaka does not paint the whole plum tree but boldly trims its composition and focuses on the detail. This technique creates a realistic and dynamic atmosphere. The bark and branches are painted in different colors. White plum flowers in the center are faintly colored in red.

The huge plum trunk not only evokes the dignity, but also the harshness of nature. The color and thickness of the plum trunk tell us that this plum tree has been enduring the severe winter for many years. Nature lived through the harsh winter, yet brings new life to the branches with abundant flowers each spring.

White plums which bloom elegantly evoke the coming of spring, and plum buds express the joy of new life. The dynamically designed trunk and branches show the strength of nature and enhance the plum flowers even more. The contrast between the thick trunk and willowy branches tell the nature of life from different viewpoints. Would you enjoy the realistic scenery of seasonal transition with your favorite green tea?

KIKU means chrysanthemum in Japanese. Chrysanthemum is one of the most well-known flowers of Japan, and can be regarded as a noble flower. It also symbolizes longevity, and the flower pattern of chrysanthemum is used everywhere in Japan, such as the cover of the passport, design of Kimono, and so on. Chrysanthemum is truly a beloved flower of Japan.

The use of colors are very bright and vivid. The auspicious red and white colors of the chrysanthemum flowers are gracefully decorated on the upper and bottom side of the tea cup. The yellow colored stamens add accent to the red and white color petals. The green color of leaves, the veins of which are colored in gold, enhance the beauty of the flowers. The space between the red and white flowers enhances its elegance even more. The colorful decoration of chrysanthemum flowers makes us feel as if the air is scented with chrysanthemum flowers.

The shape of the chrysanthemum flowers is also one of the focal points on this tea cup. The contours of a flower is drawn and the chrysanthemum flower is painted within a circle. The round shape of the flowers, which are elaborately and delicately decorated, adds to the lovely atmosphere.
In addition, the wooden fence creates the well balanced atmosphere toward the chrysanthemum flowers. The round shape of two flowers are arranged on the square shaped wooden fence. The shape contrast creates vivid and detailed images of each other. Not only the shape, but also the method of painting is different. While the fence was decorated with a simple manner, the flowers are decorated with a vivid and complicated manner. This contrast enhances the elegance of the flowers much more.

The vivid red and white colors of chrysanthemum flowers attract our attention. The square shape of the wooden fence and round shape of the chrysanthemum flowers are well contrasted on this tea cup. The exquisite space composition between the flowers creates a superb combination. We are certain that this Yunomi tea cup will enrich the taste of green tea.

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




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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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