Hataman Touen is a company that aims to "create a new Nabeshima" along with passing on the history and traditional craft of Imari Nabeshima ware, which has continued for 370 years.
Based on the belief that "traditional crafts can only be inherited if they are closely connected to daily life," the company offers tableware that enriches the spirit and sensibility in accordance with modern lifestyles.
About Hataman Touen
The Hizen Nabeshima Clan's official kiln has been located in Okawachiyama, Imari City, Saga Prefecture since the late 17th century, where high-quality Imari Nabeshima ware has been produced as gifts for the shogunate and the Imperial Court. Hataman Touen was founded in 1926, at the dawn of the Showa period (1926-1989), in this area known as the "home of secret kilns" and boasting techniques that are still unknown to the public.
For about 90 years, the company, started under the name "Manshogama" by the first generation, Mantaro Hataishi, has been actively engaged in the development of new products and technological innovation while carefully preserving and passing on the techniques of the kiln.
In the 1990s, Masatsugu Shinji, the current president and fourth generation, developed Hina dolls, objets d'art, and perfume bottles. The porcelain's ease of handling and the delicate painting that expresses the beauty of Japan's natural environment made it popular.
Today, together with his son, Shuji, who is the next-generation leader of the company, he is working hard to create a new generation of Nabeshima ware, actively collaborating with famous companies such as BEAMS and NIKE, and pursuing a new "aesthetic sense" that is in line with the times.
The traditional technique of Nabeshima ware is characterized by a pale blue color reminiscent of the morning of the Okawachiyama in a light mist. Hataman has taken on the challenge of creating a new expression of celadon porcelain, and has created matte-textured "moist" series with a sandblasted finish. The moist texture is very smooth to the touch, and the fresh green gradation gives a cool and refreshing feeling.View Series
The aesthetic style that Nabeshima ware has carefully maintained as a traditional rule since the Edo Period is composed of one "Sometsuke" color (blue) and three "Aka-e" colors (red, yellow, and green). Those painted in only blue color are classified as "Sometsuke" style. The extremely fine, carefully drawn lines and the light gradations that are repeatedly layered within them create a dignified appearance. The traditional patterns of Nabeshima, which were offered to the nobility, are designed in a sophisticated manner, yet with a sense of glamour.View Series