Ri Sanpei Moon Rabbit Arita Round Plate

JPY ¥11,000

Only 6 pieces in stock!

This is a Arita ware plate by Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln, a brand by the descendant of Yi Sam-Pyeong. The plate is represented as the moon, with a rabbit hopping around on top of the crater-like spots painted on it.

This design is created by using a paper pattern in the shape of a rabbit and blowing ink into a spray by blowing on the tip of a paintbrush dipped in "Gosu (pigment for painting)" to create the shape of a rabbit. This technique is called "Fuki- Sumi" (spraying ink), seen as some signature products of Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln.
Unlike the patterns painted directly with a brush, this technique has no outlines, and is a good example of the unconventional style of early Imari ceramics.

Using the same Izumiyama pottery stone as the first generation, Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln continues to produce porcelain ware that convey the atmosphere of the early Imari period. The style of early Imari is very different from that of the red and gold painted porcelain that was later exported to the West.

For early Imari, the underglaze blue painted patterns are simple, often painted freely with blue paint called "Gosu". When fired, the base color of the ware becomes slightly tinted and has a semi-glossy appearance.

Perfect size for serving salad, appetizers, and main dish. The traditional and refreshing blue pattern and smooth texture of porcelain makes the dish look appetizing, working great as a sushi or sashimi plate.

Yi Sam-Pyeong, one of the Korean potters in Japan, is said to have first discovered the raw material for white porcelain. Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln is a brand that handles products supervised by the 13th generation of his direct descendants and products made by the descendants of the 14th generation. The products are handled using the highest quality potter's clay selected by Kanegae Sanbei (14th generation Yi Sam-Pyeong). 

Please note that there may be slight differences as all pieces are formed by potter's wheel and hand-painted.


  • Quantity: 1
  • DimensionD18.5cm(7.3in) x H3cm(1.2in)
  • Material: Porcelain - Arita ware
  • Origin: Made in Japan
  • Brand: Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln


Ri Sanpei (Yi Sam-pyeong) Kiln offers products supervised by the direct 13th generation descendants of Yi Sam-Pyeong, who found the original Arita ware "Izumiyama Jiseki(porcelain stone)", and products made by his 14th generation descendants. They aim to reproduce the early Imari style and make pottery using 100% Izumiyama Jiseki. It is a kiln that is making every effort to revive the "early Imari" of the period in which the first generation Yi Sam-Pyeong lived, by adopting designs inherited from that time as well as the clay.

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Arita Ware, made in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture, is the oldest porcelain production area in Japan's history. Arita porcelain is characterized by its translucent white porcelain surface, dyeing using "Gosu" (indigo pigment), and gorgeous red painting using glassy overglaze pigments (red, green, yellow, purple, and blue). The pottery is highly durable and is produced in a wide variety of styles, from fine art to daily necessities. It was exported to Europe, where it was prized as fine art and called "white gold". Arita Ware is also a prestigious brand that is admired by ceramicists from other regions as a representative porcelain production area.

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