IROE TESSEN (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 5.51inch (14cm), height: 2.17inch (5.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Kohgiku Yamaoka in Kohgiku Kiln

This Matcha bowl is a flat and open style. The flat style was originally developed in order to choreograph coolness in the summer season in the Middle Ages before the advent of air conditioning. This flat style of Matcha bowl can be used not only for Matcha but is also ideal for serving traditional Japanese snacks and other foods as well. It will expand in application depending on your idea. Of course, it can be used not only in the summer season but throughout the year.

IROE means colored paint and TESSEN refers to Asian virginsbower, a flowering ornamental plant. The pottery is fired at a high temperature of about 1,200 degrees Celsius, then covered with a transparent glaze and fired again. Then, after carefully painting each beautiful Asian virginsbower one by one, the Matcha bowl is fired one last time. The floral pattern framed in gold is very expressive and pleasing to the eye. The flowers in full bloom perfectly match the flat and open style of the Matcha bowl.

The large floral pattern painted on the inside is a charm unique to the flat Matcha bowl style. The patterns on the inside are gorgeous, and you can appreciate their beauty while drinking Matcha. You can experience a very luxurious tea time, enjoying the taste of Matcha and the exquisite pattern.

The flat and open style like this bowl was developed to produce coolness in the summer season some hundreds of years ago. Upon first use, you will surprisingly feel the coolness and exhilaration.

The patches of orange, created by the traditional glazing technique known as GOHONDE, is just like the sun. Found on the surface of the inside or outside, GOHONDE adds warmth to the atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so GOHONDE is quite different in each work.

We are certain that you will enjoy not only drinking Matcha but also serving Japanese snacks with this bowl. It will expand in application depending on your idea. Of course, it can be used not only in the summer season but throughout the year!

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




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Kohgiku Yamaoka

Kohgiku Yamaoka was born in 1942. He worked under Zenjiroh Ueyama for 10 years, and then opened his own kiln in 1969. He excels at bright and vivid works. Ninsei Nonomura was an artist who developed Kyo-Yaki style in the early 17th century. He was best known for his definitive pottery wheel technique and printing on Kyo-Yaki. Kenzan Ogata (1663-1743) was one of the first to paint four seasons flowers on pottery in Japan.


- 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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