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Japan KUTANI Matcha Tea Bowl SHIROCHIBU

$ 169.00
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The beautiful Japanese tea cups set is crafted in Kutani, Japan. This fine piece of art will be eye catching for your dinner table, tea party, Japanese tea ceremony, or interior art.  The Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu (hot water for tea in Japanese), is more than just drinking tea; it is a spiritual experience that embodies harmony, respect, purity and tranquility.  The host may prepare extensively for the event, practicing hand movements with great detail.  It  may be performed in the home, a special tea room, in a tea house or even outdoors. 

Tea is the most commonly drunk beverage in Japan and an important part of Japanese food culture.  Green tea is the most common type of tea and consumed at any point of the day. Match green tea is also the central element of the Japanese tea ceremony. 

The Japanese tea ceremony is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. Zen Buddism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.

Before drinking the tea it is necessary to eat the sweet as the sweet helps to counter the bitterness of the tea. One must be able to appreciate the four elements of tea ceremony: harmony, respect, purity and loneliness.

Harmony refers to the spirit of being harmonious, to be peaceful. Respect is to show respect.

Purity is the state of purtiy of the mind. And loneliness means quiet serenity. Drinking tea enables oneself to have spiritual release.

When everyone sits on the tatmi, drinking tea , admiring the calligraphy and the beautiful music, one feels that he is leaving the hustle and bustle of city life and drifting into utopia.  Drinking tea can help in longevity. tea has many elements that helps to maintain one's health and vitality. Whisking tea powder in the bowl is also a form of exercise.

The history of Kanazawa Kutani-ware starts in 1807 when ceramist Mokubei Aoki was invited to Kanazawa by the Kaga Clan from Kyoto. After his establishment of a kiln in Mount Kasuga, Kanazawa Kutani-ware developed sporadically, each distinctive period reflecting the atmosphere of the times in which it was produced.

Urbanized and slightly high-graded among the other Kutani-ware, Kanazawa Kutani-ware now is made using electric or gas kiln centering around Kanazawa.

Traditionally, Kutani is known for its bright, five-colored (blue, navy blue, yellow, purple, and red) over-glaze patterns, but today much broader variety of color is used, moreover more ceramists tends to make good use of the soil color itself rather than using the bright colors.

 

Made in Japan.

 

Dimension (tea cups): 4.84 " x 4.84" x 3.15"
Weight: 1.32 lb

 

Shipped in 2 weeks.

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