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[…]

Raku ware tea bowls of Kyo-Kiyomizu ware for sale

Raku Matcha bowls, traditional lead glazed earthenware pottery from Kyoto Prefecture on Amazon.com   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.   Related Post   Hagi ware is the pottery from Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Karatsu ware is from Saga Prefecture.  Related Post   But the most Read more about Raku ware tea bowls of Kyo-Kiyomizu ware for sale[…]

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[…]

Mother’s Day special gift from traditional Japanese crafts

High-quality Japanese products for Mother’s Day gift   Mother’s Day in 2019 is May 12th. There are a lot of gift items for the day at the various stores, but it’s an annual event so you’d wonder what to give to your mother. Then why not give a gift with a different taste once in a while? Of course, it is perfect if your mother is interested in Japan. We will introduce you to Mother’s Day from among Japanese crafts with a long history and tradition, from Amazon.com.       Pottery Vase     Arita/Imari ware Arita/Imari ware vase. The Japanese oldest porcelain made in Arita region, Saga Prefecture. Read more about Mother’s Day special gift from traditional Japanese crafts[…]

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[…]

Black and red Tokoname pottery kyusu (Japanese teapot)

Beautiful bicolor Japanese ceramic teapots of Tokoname ware   320cc kyusu teapot     Tokoname ware which has nearly 900 years of history is the most used Japanese teapot (kyusu) in the country. The vermillion teapot is pristine but simply beautiful. Though there are many kinds of teapots including, pottery, porcelain, stoneware, and cast iron in Japan, we couldn’t find the warmful color among them.  Tokoname pottery red kyusu teapots with patterns   The cray of Tokoname ware contains much iron oxide and that make teapots austerely elegant vermillion after baked in a kiln.    170cc  kyusu teapot       230cc kyusu teapot       240cc kyusu teapot     Read more about Black and red Tokoname pottery kyusu (Japanese teapot)[…]

Tokoname pottery red kyusu teapots with patterns

Traditional vermilion Japanese teapot of Tokoname-yaki with beautiiful patterns   220cc kyusu teapot with cherry blossoms     There are six oldest kilns in Japan. Seto, Echizen, Shigaraki, Tamba, Bizen, and Tokoname. Each kiln began in the Middle Ages and their potteries are still a part of the people’s life. Though various kinds of tableware are on display in a shop today, a product of Tokoname ware has the largest market share in the industry. That is Japanese teapot kyusu. The Tokoname red kyusu is just an old and typical teapot of the Japanese people.     Standard plain kyusu teapot       Iron oxide of the pottery’s cray Read more about Tokoname pottery red kyusu teapots with patterns[…]

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[…]

Tokoname stoneware high-quality black kyusu (Japanese teapot)

Beautiful black kyusu from the traditional Japanese craft     Kushime (comb pattern, 360cc)     Though there are various kyusu (Japanese teapot) of the traditional crafts, Tokoname ware is overwhelming famous for the kyusu which have the largest market share. The traditional teapots from Aichi Prefecture not only have a beautiful surface but also make the taste of tea more mellow and smooth. The reason for this is the earth and manufacturing method.   The earth of Tokoname ware contains much iron which reduces a bitter taste of green tea. And the pottery doesn’t have a glaze on a surface. That increase the effect of the earth.      Golden tree Read more about Tokoname stoneware high-quality black kyusu (Japanese teapot)[…]