Tosen Kiln Sakura Kiyomizu Ware Cafe au Lait Mug

JPY ¥22,500

The image of graceful weeping sakura, cherry blossoms, of Gion, Kyoto is depicted on this cafe au lait mug from Tosen Kiln. Weeping cherry blossoms are one of the representative flowers of Kyoto, and express Kyoto's unique atmosphere. The pink and pale green of the cherry blossoms beautifully decorate the yellowish cream white color of the Kiyomizu ware base. The rounded shape of the mug gives an overall gentle impression and adds depth to the cherry blossoms.

Founded in 1868 as a Kiyomizu ware wholesaler in Kyoto, Tosen Kiln uses its own blend of soil and glaze, preserving the methods and quality of the works of Nonomura Ninsei, the renowned potter who is said to have established the art of Kyo ware in the 17th century.

The paintwork is done by craftpersons with in-depth knowledge of Japanese-style painting. The creativity and skillful techniques of these craftspersons are astoundingly displayed through the exquisite pieces made at Tosen Kiln. The cherry blossoms are hand-painted one by one on the unglazed surface of the mug. Painting delicate colored designs on unglazed bases requires a tremendous amount of skill as the base material is highly absorbent. After each mug is painted, a "nami-yu" glaze is applied and gives the mug a clear and shiny coat over the detailed drawings. 

This mug can hold a generous 300ml(9.5oz) of liquid, making it perfect for café au lait or a large cup of tea. Its wide handle and light weight make it easy to hold. You can enjoy stunning cherry blossoms on the inside and the outside when you take a sip of your favorite beverage from this mug.


  • Quantity: 1
  • Dimension: D9.3cm(3.7in) x H8cm(3.1in)
  • Capacity: 300ml(9.5oz) 
  • Material: Stoneware 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kiyomizu Ware
  • Brand: Tosen kiln


Tosen Kiln introduces the traditional techniques of Kiyomizu ware through their delicate hand painting and modeling styles.

The intricate paintings breathe warmth and beauty into their pieces and tell stories of the diligence needed to create them.

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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.

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