Ri Sanpei Moon Rabbit Arita Japanese Teacup

JPY ¥13,800

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This is a Japanese teacup by Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln, a brand by the descendant of Yi Sam-Pyeong. Molded on the potter's wheel, with handpainted of the rabbit hopping around on the crater-like spots of the moon has an indescribably lovely atmosphere that soothes the hearts of those who see them.

This design is created by using a paper pattern in the shape of a rabbit and blowing ink into a spray by blowing on the tip of a paintbrush dipped in "Gosu (pigment for painting)" to create the shape of a rabbit. This technique is called "Fuki- Sumi" (spraying ink), seen as some signature products of Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln.
Unlike the patterns painted directly with a brush, this technique has no outlines, and is a good example of the unconventional style of early Imari ceramics.

Using the same Izumiyama pottery stone as the first generation, Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln continues to produce porcelain ware that convey the atmosphere of the early Imari period. The style of early Imari is very different from that of the red and gold painted porcelain that was later exported to the West.

For early Imari, the underglaze blue painted patterns are simple, often painted freely with blue paint called "Gosu". When fired, the base color of the ware becomes slightly tinted and has a semi-glossy appearance.

Although it is originally designed for putting soba dipping sauce in, you can use it for drinks such as Sake, Shochu, tea and so on.

Yi Sam-Pyeong, one of the Korean potters in Japan, is said to have first discovered the raw material for white porcelain. Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln is a brand that handles products supervised by the 13th generation of his direct descendants and products made by the descendants of the 14th generation. The products are handled using the highest quality potter's clay selected by Kanegae Sanbei (14th generation Yi Sam-Pyeong). 

Please note that there may be slight differences as all pieces are formed by potter's wheel and hand-painted.


  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: D6.9cm (2.7in) x H6.5cm(2.6in)
  • Capacity: 100ml(3.4oz)
  • Material: Porcelain - Arita ware
  • Origin: Made in Japan
  • Brand: Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln


Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln offers products supervised by the direct 13th generation descendants of Yi Sam-Pyeong, who found the original Arita ware "Izumiyama Jiseki(porcelain stone)", and products made by his 14th generation descendants. They aim to reproduce the early Imari style and make pottery using 100% Izumiyama Jiseki. It is a kiln that is making every effort to revive the "early Imari" of the period in which the first generation Yi Sam-Pyeong lived, by adopting designs inherited from that time as well as the clay.

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Arita Ware, made in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture, is the oldest porcelain production area in Japan's history. Arita porcelain is characterized by its translucent white porcelain surface, dyeing using "Gosu" (indigo pigment), and gorgeous red painting using glassy overglaze pigments (red, green, yellow, purple, and blue). The pottery is highly durable and is produced in a wide variety of styles, from fine art to daily necessities. It was exported to Europe, where it was prized as fine art and called "white gold". Arita Ware is also a prestigious brand that is admired by ceramicists from other regions as a representative porcelain production area.

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Frances B.
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I recommend this product

A beautiful piece of art that I can use.

I love this teacup. It feels good in my hand, and the moon rabbit is a beloved symbol for me. Thank you so much for this wonderful piece of artistry.



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I recommend this product

Head over the heels!

I love their packaging, very thorough! I am soooo head over the heels for the exceptional quality of Yi Sam-Pyeong porcelain Products. I can tell that these are all hand crafted as none of them are cookie cutter items, which I truly appreciate. I hope Musubi kiln provides more products from this brand. The Kakiemon kobachi bowls are also beautiful. Overall, two thumbs up!



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