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)[…]

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[…]