Choho Kiln Black Mori Kutani Lucky Cat

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This black beckoning cat by Choho Kiln has a cute figure with both hands raised.

The pattern is painted in the "mori-e" technique, similar to the slip trailing technique, which is a characteristic of Choho Kiln. A thick paint is squeezed out of a "icchin," a dispenser with a fine tip, and the patterns are carefully painted onto the surface. Mori-e adds a decorative pattern and tactile texture to a smooth porcelain surface. 

Along with calico cats, black cats are also the standard for beckoning cats. The black cat is considered to be a cat with special powers, and it was cherished for its ability to absorb the devils and disasters of the house.

A lucky cat with its right hand raised is said to "invite money," while a lucky cat with its left hand raised is said to "invite people."
Thus, a lucky cat with both its right and left hands raised is said to bring money and customers.

In the old days, Japanese farmers living with cats were said to prosper without crop damage because cats would drive away rats that damaged their crops.

Today, also known as a "lucky cat," the beckoning cat is popular as a charm of good financial fortune.

Filled with Japanese tradition and good fortune, this lucky cat is excellent for your house decor and will bring good luck to you and your loved ones. 

Choho Kiln was established at the end of the Taisho era (1912-1926), and has continued to operate as a wholesaler and manufacturer of Kutani ware. 

The kiln is characterized by their bold painting and delicate "mori-e", three dimensional decorations, which are created by freely using green, yellow, purple, navy blue, and red color paints, a style called Kutani "gosai (five colors)."  

In recent years, their main products have been interior decorations and ornaments. The third generation Choho continues to preserve traditional techniques and patterns while adopting the modern sense of new designs.


  • Dimension: 8cm(3.1in) x 7cm(2.8in) xH11.5cm(4.5in)
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani Ware
  • Brand: Choho Kiln

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Choho Kiln is known for their skilled technique of "mori-e," a traditional technique of drawing patterns and designs with a thick paint onto a surface to give it a tactile texture and an added decorative touch. Choho Kiln developed the method of applying this method to Kutani ware figurines.

Nishi Chosaku, the founder of Choho Kiln studied the method of mori-e with his brother Taikichi back in the Taisho period. Up till that time, this method was used to decorate flat surfaces. The brothers developed the idea of applying this method to Kutani Ware figurines as Chosaku had studied the basics of form, design and color mixing as a teenager. As it turned, the mori-e technique suited Kutani figurines very well, and henceforth mori-e became a mainstream decorating technique.

Choho II learned various techniques from his predecessor, trained many apprentices, and solidified the foundation of Choho Kiln. Today, Choho is the third generation of the Choho family, and he is committed to preserving the tradition of mori-e while seeking out new possibilities for this technique.

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About kutani ware

Kutani ware is a type of pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years.
It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines.
Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.
In the early 1700s, the Kutani kilns were closed, but about 80 years later they were opened and Kutani ware was revived.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.