Hozan Kiln Pine, Bamboo and Plum Hagoita Kyo Ware Chopstick Rest Set
This is a set of chopstick rests in the shape of a hagoita, a traditional Japanese wooden paddle, decorated with motifs of pine, bamboo, and plum. The painting of the famous combination of pine tree, bamboo and plum is considered an auspicious motif in Japan, bringing good luck and longevity.
The sides are blue, while the front features pine in yellow-green, plum blossoms in deep red, and bamboo in dark blue. This vivid appearance is perfect for the New Year's dining table.
The origin of the hagoita comes from the game of hanetsuki, traditionally played with these paddles. It was originally believed to have the meaning of fending off evil spirits as hane in Japanese means "feather" and "to repel."
Established in 1951, Hozan Kiln is run by Kato Yoshitsugu, the third generation owner of the kiln. They specialize in chopstick rests delicately decorated with seasonal motifs. While respecting the traditions of Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware, the kiln continues to produce pieces that meet the needs of customers and can be cherished for many years.
- Quantity: 5 pcs
- Dimension: 6.5 cm (2.5 in) x 2 cm (0.8 in) x H 1 cm (0.4 in)
- Material: Porcelain
Origin: Made in Japan - Kyo ware
- Brand: Hozan Kiln
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ABOUT KYOTO HOZAN KILN
The history of Hozan Kiln dates back to 1951, when it was established as Kato Yukichi Seisakusho (Kato Yukichi Factory), but it changed its kiln name to Hozan Kiln and the current owner, Kato Yoshitsugu, is the third generation. The main focus is on painting with underglaze enameling technique, Gosu, and is particularly good at net painting tableware and delicately painted chopstick rests decorated with seasonal motifs.
The kiln continues to produce pottery that meets the needs of customers and can be used for a long time, while respecting the traditions of Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware.
ABOUT Kyo Ware and Kiyomizu Ware
"Emblematic Pottery Flourishes in the Old Capital of Japan"
Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware is one of Kyoto's representative crafts. Its a traditional craft designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, named Kyo-yaki or Kiyomizu-yaki in Japanese.
There is no specific style, and all pottery techniques from various regions of Japan are used. Another characteristic of Kyo ware is that all processes, such as pottery wheel turning and painting, are done by hand. With a history that has developed along with traditional culture, Kyo ware is characterized by delicate painting and excellent modeling skills, resulting in ceramics of great elegance and highly pictorial qualities. Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware were designated as traditional crafts by the Japanese government in 1977 and are very popular for its artistic quality.