Ancient Red Lacquer Yamanaka Lacquerware Oryoki Bowl Set
The craftsmanship of Yamanaka Lacquerware shines through in this matte lacquered "Oryoki". The smaller size is recommended for those with small appetites or for children. Alternatively, you can use the largest size as a rice bowl and prepare a separate soup bowl of your favorite size.
Oryoki, is a functional set of bowls designed to minimize waste in daily life in the practice of Zen Buddhism. It is increasingly attracting attention for its easy-to-use, functional and minimalistic design at the modern table.
Starting with the larger bowl, the smaller ones are stacked completely on top of each other in order to allow for compact storage and carrying.
The charm of oryoki is, first of all, its compact storage. All the bowls fit inside the largest bowl, so even if you have a set of five layers, you won't have trouble finding a place to store them.
Another advantage is its durability. The oryoki which is made in Japan, is made of wood, making it is hard to break even if dropped, and its lacquer coating resists scratches and deterioration. Since oryoki was designed to be used by Buddhist practitioners for the rest of their lives, it is of course long-lasting for home use.
In addition, oryoki sets are easy to use as tableware: a single oryoki set can provide all the dishes for one person, making meal preparation simple.
Since this is a nested product of several bowls, each requires elaborate woodworking to ensure a perfect fit. For this reason, this oryoki is handled by the most skilled craftsmen among Yamanaka lacquerware products.
- Quantity: Set of 5 bowls
Dimension: [Set]D11.2cm(4.4in) x H5.9cm(2.3in)/
[Each Bowl(small to large)] D8.9cm(3.5in) x H2cm(0.8in), D9.4cm(3.7in) x H2.7cm(1.1in), D10cm(3.9in) x H3.5cm(1.4in), D10.6cm(4.2in) x H4.7cm(1.9in), D11.2cm(4.4in) x H5.9cm(2.3in)
- Material: Wood
- Coating: Lacquer
- Origin: Made in Japan - Yamanaka Lacquerware
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about yamanaka lacquerware
Yamanaka lacquerware is produced in the Yamanaka Onsen area of Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and has a history of about 400 years.
The traditional techniques of Yamanaka lacquerware were highly evaluated and became known throughout Japan, despite a period of temporary interruption.
It is characterized by the use of wood grain patterns to express a natural texture, and is made with great attention to detail.
It was designated as a traditional craft by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1975.
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Until holding each bowl during a simple, homemade ichijyu-sansai supper, I was unaware of the extent to which such a masterfully crafted nest of laquerware could so winsomely influence one's approach to a meal. The sense of Calm and Pace was more than Welcome. Everything about the design makes perfect sense and raises the humblest fare to something unique. I encourage everyone interested in Japanese cuisine culture to consider a set. One knows one is touching singular artistry - rare. Thank you. I already value these bowls among my most inspiring and personal items. Kindest regards, Margot /California
Thanks so much for your thoughtful and detailed review! It will be a pleasure not only for us but also for the craftsmen if you can use it with great care for a long time. We're looking forward to your next visit!