MUGEN SAKURA (handcrafted Matcha Bowl)

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

diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm) height: 3.35inch (8.5cm), standard Matcha bowl size
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Bahan Sakata at Bahan Kiln

This Matcha bowl is graceful and dignified. The combination of the paintings and the decoration of gold brings an extremely elegant atmosphere. The harmony and contrast of natural clay and the elegant decoration are very rare and unique.

MUGEN of this name means fantastic or dreamy in Japanese, and SAKURA are cherry blossoms. SAKURA cherry blossoms are a well-loved symbol of spring in Japan. MUGEN SAKURA suggests a dreamy view of SAKURA in a warm, spring breeze.

In many cases, painted Matcha Bowl like this use white color, fine textured soil, not brown color and rough textured natural soil in order for the paintings to look sharp and vivid. Mr. Bahan Sakata exquisitely brings out the harmony and contrast of the natural soil and the elegant painting.

Half of the surface both inside and outside of this bowl is coated using a traditional technique called SHIRO KESHO coating with white color earth, along with transparent glaze. Cherry blossoms and tree are painted on the three surface textures: non glazed, transparent glaze, and SHIRO KESHO. The three textures delight your eyes because the surface and painting looks different on each part.

Dark brown areas, representing the trunk of the cherry tree, are created by brushing glaze containing iron directly onto the clay just after the first firing, not over the glaze. It creates a unique atmosphere because the original brown color of the glaze adds a unique impression, and looks interesting and different through the decorations of coated SHIRO KESHO, painted cherry blossoms, and areas of gold color pigment.

The form is quite unique. Middle to bottom on side is plentiful. It create unique elegant atmosphere.

As above, this is a deliberate work, which has the excellent harmony and unique contrast of clay, glazes, and elegant painting. Needless to say, Matcha served in this special bowl will profoundly enrich your heart, and possibly bring you to a dreamy space in a warm, spring breeze.

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




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Bahan Sakata

Bahan Sakata was born in 1950. He worked under Kohzoh Kawashima for 4 years from 1975. Kohzo Kawashima was the grandfather of the Kyo Yaki industry and mentored many skilled artisans. Then Bahan Sakara opened his own kiln, Bahan Kiln in Kyoto. He brings out the harmony of soil and ash glaze. He is well-respected for his steady technique which allows him to control ash glaze, an extremely difficult technique he learned from Kohzo Kawashima and has practiced for many years.


- 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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