Kakusho Kiln Karako Mikawachi Ware Japanese Teacup

JPY ¥6,000

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This splendid and paper-light Japanese teacup from Kakusho Kiln is a fine example of traditional sometsuke blue and white porcelain. The sunlight creates an enchanting effect as it filters through the soft, delicate translucence of the teacup’s thin white porcelain, showcasing its elegant craftsmanship and durability.

This teacup features the charming and lively karako - drawings of Chinese-style paintings of children that are one of the main designs of Mikawachi ware. The karako motifs, painted with care and skill, invite a sense of joy and playfulness. Holding this charming cup in your hand, you can appreciate the coolness and remarkable thinness that Mikawachi ware is renowned for. The hand-painted karako are rendered in gentle blue shades, capturing the innocence and liveliness of the children.

The shades of blue exhibit an exquisite gradation, achieved through the careful application by skilled craftspeople using brushes soaked in cobalt pigment. This allows the dye to flow naturally onto the porcelain, "sinking" into the clay to create a gentle and soft shade of blue. The outlines of the karako are drawn with swift precision and care, using soft and fine brushes to detail the figures and their playful actions.

This charming cup is perfect for savoring tea or sake, enhancing your drinking experience with its heartwarming and fine hand-painted porcelain. It also serves as a beautiful decorative piece, whether placed near a window or on a shelf, where the warm sunlight can highlight its fine porcelain and the enchanting karako design.

Mikawachi, located in the current Nagasaki Prefecture, is a region with a rich history in Sometsuke porcelain ware. Historically, its kilns, including the prestigious Kakusho Kiln, served the lordship of the Hirado Domain. The craftspeople at Kakusho Kiln excel in the use of these gentle shades of blue, characteristic of Mikawachi ware, and enhance the beauty of the white porcelain with their elegant portrayal of the karako motifs.


  • Quantity: 1
  • DimensionD 5 cm(2.0 in) x H 6 cm(2.4 in)
  • Capacity: 60 ml(2.0 oz)
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Mikawachi Ware
  • Brand: Kakusho Kiln


A historically presitigious kiln which used to serve the lordship of Hirado Domain in the Edo Period (1600 CE-1867 CE). Kakusho Kiln has passed on the traditional art of Blue and White for more than 300 years.The light-weight and elegant porcelain smooth to the touch. The soft and gentle shade of blue kind to the eye. 

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Mikawachi Ware, also known as Hirado Ware, is a pottery made in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Known for its translucent white porcelain, it was highly popular in Europe during the trend toward Japanese crafts in the West in the 20th century. Mikawachi Ware is remarkable for its delicate modeling techniques that push the limits of porcelain, such as openwork and relief carving, and for its beautiful painting that looks like a single piece of art.

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