KOHZANJI NAGA Yunomi (handcrafted Teacup: 230ml)

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

Handcrafted Teacup:230ml (7.78fl oz) , diameter: 3.15inches (8cm) height: 3.54inches (9cm)
Traditional Kyo Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Ichiraku Yamamoto at Ichiraku Kiln

This Yunomi 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. These Yunomi feature some distinguishing and humorous compositions of frogs and rabbits from CHOHJYU JINBUTSU GIGA. The motifs are painted vividly and carefully by unquestionably expert techniques.

The outer white part has been elaborately shaved by hand, and these vertical shaving lines make the teacup light, even though it seems heavy at first glance. Furthermore, this makes it fit comfortably in the hand, creating an elegant atmosphere. The shaved parts are so thin that light can be seen through them when held up to the sun. This process can only be done by hand, and it requires the skill of a craftsman to shave evenly.

This has been one of Mr. Yamamoto's best seller items for more than 20 years. In Japan, highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain such as this is purchased with the intent that it will be passed down from generation to generation. This Yunomi is the quintessential traditional highest quality Kyo Yaki porcelain, an ideal to which others aspire.

Specially packaged in a carton 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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Ichiraku Yamamoto

Ichiraku Yamamoto was born in Kyoto in 1958. He worked under the former Ichiraku for about 10 years. He succeeds the Ichiraku Kiln as the second generation in 1990. He creates highest grade Kyo Yaki porcelain like Yunomi teacups, table ware for Japanese sake, and so on. His traditional techniques receive high praise. Indeed he was officially designated as a traditional craftsman by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2010.
His specific style sustained by dynamic and vivid scraping techniques and elegant and rich underglaze cobalt blue techniques has achieved wide acclaim.


- 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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