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[…]

Imari ware (Arita ware) for classic Japanese style tea cups

Imari-yaki Japanese yunomi tableware at Amazon   Imari-yaki and Arita-yaki are the traditional porcelain made in Arita region, Saga Prefecture. When you drink Japanese green tea with a tea cup of Imari, your hands would feel the proper warmth of the hot water.    And the smooth touch of the surface makes you want to hold it for all time. Imari or Arita? Imari-yaki and Arita-yaki belong to the Japanese porcelain. The people overseas would know the name of “Imari” rather than “Arita”, but actually, we couldn’t find any difference in the features between Imari-yaki and Arita-yaki.     The history of the Arita-yaki started by the Korean potter Yi Sam-pyeong in the early 17th century. It Read more about Imari ware (Arita ware) for classic Japanese style tea cups[…]

Custermizing your Japanese Matcha tea set for the ceremony

Let’s find only your Matcha tea set! Tea whisk, tea spoon, tea bowl pottery… When you hope to try tea ceremony, it is good to buy a starter kit. You can instantly experient the Japanese culture with it.   But if you intend to drink Matcha green tea on a daily basis, is it enough?   You had better have proper utensils if not top quality products. Especially, there are thousands of Matcha tea bowl. Don’t you think that you might as well choose the bowl what you like?   Choosing utensils for Matcha tea set First of all, it would be fine you have three tools, a tea whisk, tea spoon, and Read more about Custermizing your Japanese Matcha tea set for the ceremony[…]

Japanese lucky cat figures of Kutani porcelain

Traditional ceramic in Ishikawa for Maneki-neko cat There are many lucky items also in Japan. The people have loved traditional Maneki-neko, waving good luck cat, as an ornament in a store or room.   The waving forepaw means that it bring in fortune or money. We can buy figures of a lucky cat made of plastic at a low price, nevertheless ceramic is most popular (it would give more blessing).   The traditional craft of Ishikawa Prefecture Kutani ware is a pottery which has more than 340 years history.    The ceramic has various style of coloring and the elegant painting. The high-quality and beautiful Maneki-neko porcelain would bring you more fortune Read more about Japanese lucky cat figures of Kutani porcelain[…]

Arita (Imari) ware porcelain Kakiemon Style from Japan

Kakiemon Style. Beautiful flowers and birds on a white pottery.     Arita-yaki (Imari-yaki) is the oldest porcelain in Japan. After about 60 years ago, Kakiemon Style was established in 1640’s.    Colorful birds and plans are on a clear white base. The way of the style which makes use of spaces express one of the Japanese aesthetic sense.   The outstanding German kiln Meissen succeeded at the production of a white porcelain all around Europe in 1709. The world-famous kiln had put effort into imitating the manufacturing and painting method.   The craftsmen of Arita, Saga Prefecture have kept the traditional technique and made the porcelains for 340 years. One by One. Read more about Arita (Imari) ware porcelain Kakiemon Style from Japan[…]

Outstanding gold Kutani pottery vases on Amazon

Gold Kutani ware vase. Best for Ikebana and gift!   Gold is a color which has a sense of existence and gives us power. When it combines with a great shaped potter, there’s no way to become magnificent.   Just like other countries, gold was a symbol of power and wealth in Japan. The furnishings for people with high positions often had an abundant gold leaf.    Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture is famous for Kutani-yaki. And gold foil. Not only that, the domain of Kaga which ruled around the prefecture in Edo Period (1603-1868) was one of the wealthiest feudal domain at that time.   Since it was influenced by Kiyomizu-yaki (Kyo-yaki), Read more about Outstanding gold Kutani pottery vases on Amazon[…]