Kōgei: Art Craft Japan exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art

KŌGEI: ART CRAFT JAPAN, at Philadelphia Museum of Art, through September 9 <figure> <a data-elementor-open-lightbox=”default” href=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg”> <img width=”640″ height=”640″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018-1024×1024.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?resize=1024%2C1024&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?resize=300%2C300&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?resize=150%2C150&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?resize=768%2C768&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?resize=250%2C250&amp;ssl=1 250w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?resize=174%2C174&amp;ssl=1 174w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?w=1500&amp;ssl=1 1500w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2018-37-1v1-pma2018.jpg?w=1280&amp;ssl=1 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px” /> </a> <figcaption>Vessel with Blue Glaze Kimura Yoshiro, Japanese, born 1946 , Photo by Philadelphia Museum of Art Traditional crafts that have been passed down from generation to generation in Japan. The technical prowess has been highly evaluated in the world, and “shokunin katagi” (craftsmanship) is a word that represents Japanese manufacturing. This installation celebrates Japanese kōgei—one-of-a-kind, handcrafted objects made with traditional techniques and natural materials. The works on Read more about Kōgei: Art Craft Japan exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art[…]

Japanese gold pottery repairing, Kintsugi

Kintsugi (Kintsukuroi), filling broken pottery’s cracks with gold Not only brings new life into a broken vessel but also enhances its existence value. That’s Kintsugi (Kintsukuroi).  In other words, the gold repairing pottery method is a Japanese sense of values expressed by their own sense of beauty and technology, with a long-cherished mind and a long love for one thing. Kintsugi began in the world of the tea ceremony during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), when tea ceremony became popular in Japan. The Japanese called the repaired scars of broken ceramic as “landscape”. There was a time when we were conscious of beauty there. In modern times, they have become a Read more about Japanese gold pottery repairing, Kintsugi[…]

5 unique ideas of luxury gift for men from Japanese culture

Wonderful high-quality items of Japanese culture goes well with men   A present given to a special man. If you are thinking of giving something a little extra luxury and you are looking for something unusual, you may find it on this page. Japanese art and crafts that inherit the old culture and technology should be new to him. Also, although it is traditional culture, some of the crafts in Japan incorporate contemporary design. So you may also feel a sense of familiarity. I would like to introduce works unique to Japan, including Samurai swords (Nihon-to) and helmets (Kabuto), and pottery with powerful patterns, best for gifts for men.   Read more about 5 unique ideas of luxury gift for men from Japanese culture[…]

Luxury Japanese Kyo-Kiyomizu pottery tea cups for sale

High-quality tea cups of Kyo-Kiyomizu yaki ceramics on Amazon.com <a title=”Kiyomizu-kyo yaki ware. Coffee teacup and saucer marumonsansui with paper box. Porcelain. kymz-CSM525″ href=”https://www.amazon.com/Kiyomizu-kyo-Coffee-marumonsansui-Porcelain-kymz-CSM525/dp/B0793MZ5FG?SubscriptionId=AKIAJRKC6WE3NL42JJSQ&amp;tag=hachihachi-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;camp=2025&amp;creative=165953&amp;creativeASIN=B0793MZ5FG” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><img src=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/515bwyixWBL.jpg” alt=”Kiyomizu-kyo yaki ware. Coffee teacup and saucer marumonsansui with paper box. Porcelain. kymz-CSM525″ width=”500″ height=”500″ /></a> The origin of the Kyo-Kiyomizu ware pottery dates back more than 1200 years in Kyoto. The soft colors and warm appearance are the features of the traditional ceramic. Unlike Arita Yaki and Kutani Yaki, this pottery has no fixed type. Kiyomizu-yaki is made in the Kiyomizu area in Kyoto Prefecture, and Kyo-yaki is made in the prefecture. There are various patterns of the pottery because the styles differ Read more about Luxury Japanese Kyo-Kiyomizu pottery tea cups for sale[…]

Phoenix pattern pottery from Japan

Traditional Japanese porcelains with phoenix pattern that you can buy on Amazon.com       The phoenix, which appears in mythology from ancient Egypt to Greece, is a legendary bird that has lived for 500 years and is dead from the ashes. On the other hand, as another source in Asia, there has been an auspicious imaginary bird called 鳳凰 about 3000 years ago. Even to Japan, which adopted various Chinese cultures, 鳳凰 came and it was incorporated into various designs as a symbol of good luck. Japanese people have called the bird “Ho-o”.   The figure is somewhat different from that of the western one. The Asian phoenix has a Read more about Phoenix pattern pottery from Japan[…]

Ceramic sake cup sets from 4 Japanese traditional crafts

Arita, Kiyomizu, Kutani, and Hagi pottery and porcelain sake cup sets from Amazon.com       A ceramic is a most popular drinking ware when the people drink sake in Japan. Though there are choko or guinomi cups of tin or glass, they are just for the cold sake and not for hot. On that point, we can enjoy both cold and hot the Japanese rice wine with the pottery or porcelain sake cups. Furthermore, there are all sorts of ceramic sake cups, it is fun to choose. When you have sets of the cups, the drinking with the family or friends would be more enjoyable! I would like to show Read more about Ceramic sake cup sets from 4 Japanese traditional crafts[…]

Dot and flower pattern Kutani ware Japanese teapots kyusu

Kutani ceramic kyusu with Cihbu (dot) pattern     Blue dots and flowers (350ml)       When you look for a flowery and colorful Japanese traditional pottery, I recommend three kilns, Arita (Imari) ware, Kiyomizu (Kyoto) ware, and Kutani ware. There are some styles of the old kiln, and they have each brightness. The blue, white or pink dot patterns really go well with gold as well as flowers. All of dot and pattern are drawn by the craftsmen. You would feel admiration for the fine work. Arita ware tea sets Kiyomizu ware tea sets       Blue dots (300ml)     Pink dots (300ml)       Read more about Dot and flower pattern Kutani ware Japanese teapots kyusu[…]

Japanese Kiyomizu porcelain lucky cat figurines

Traditional Kiyomizu (Kyo)-Yaki ceramic for the lucky cat Maneki-neko     One of the most popular and traditional lucky item in Japan is Maneki-neko (beckoning cat). The lucky cat figurine has stood in the shops or homes for more than 300 years all over the country. Actually, the reason why the waving cat became to be loved is not clear.   According to one estimate, the fuedal lord Ii Naotaka (1590-1659) dropped Gotokuji Temple on the way back from the falconry because a waving cat invited him at the gate of the temple. When he received the treat and preaching, it suddenly started to rain so hard. Naotaka appreciated the Read more about Japanese Kiyomizu porcelain lucky cat figurines[…]

Japanese Kutani Yoshidaya porcelain Koro from Amazon.com

Yoshidaya Style Koro incense burner of Kutani-yaki   The more than 360 years of history Japanese porcelain Kutani-yaki has various style of coloring and the elegant painting. The colors of Yoshidaya Style are yellow, green, and blue, that makes the unique coolness. And the artistic painting is also the reason because there are many people who love the ceramic of Yoshidaya Style.   The Asian paintings and beautiful forms of the traditional porcelain Koro surely make your room more stylish! Of course, you can also enjoy the good scent of the incense. Before you use a incense burner, you need to put an incense ash in it. Shoyeido White Ash   Read more about Japanese Kutani Yoshidaya porcelain Koro from Amazon.com[…]

Japanese sake cups and sets of Kutani-yaki

Great Kutani sake cups (guinomi) and pitchers (tokkuri)  for sale When we drink Japanese sake (rice wine), sake cups are best for that after all. That is because the Japanese tableware ws made with considering the touch for the fingers or lips.   Especially, Kutani ware has both types of ceramic, pottery (earthenware) and porcelain. Some people say that the difference of ware’s materials makes they slightly feel each taste.   I don’t think the materials change sake water. But the taste of a sake is really sensitive. So it would change the feeling when you press your lips to the Japanese sake cups and drink sake by the materials. Read more about Japanese sake cups and sets of Kutani-yaki[…]