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Do you know that Matcha bowls have classes? For Koicha ( exceptionally dark Matcha) of the tea ceremony, it is the rule to choose the high-class tea bowls. Basically, a plain Matcha bowls is high grade and the one with the pattern is lower.
And there is a proverb in the world of the tea ceremony. “First Raku, second Hagi, and third Karatsu”. They are proper pottery for the tea ceremony.
Hagi ware is the pottery from Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Karatsu ware is from Saga Prefecture.
But the most high-ranking tea bowl is Raku ware from Kyoto Prefecture. Raku-yaki is pottery born in Kyoto about 400 years ago. Its feature is that it is made in consideration of the ease of use in the tea ceremony of Koicha. Because the area around the bottom of the green tea bowl is wide, it is easy to turn the tea ceremony.
Raku ware is roughly divided into black and red bowls, and the baking temperature is about 1000 degrees for black and about 800 degrees for red.
Black Raku ware tea bowls (Kuro Raku-yaki)
Red Raku ware tea bowls (Aka Raku-yaki)