Tosen Kiln Sakura Kiyomizu Ware Japanese Tea Cup

JPY ¥10,000

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Featuring the distinctive nami-yu glaze, derived from the ashes of the Kyoto forest, this Japanese tea cup from Tosen Kiln showcases a natural creamy-white clay color. This piece is beautifully enhanced by the hand-painted depiction of graceful weeping sakura, cherry blossoms of Gion, Kyoto, which are emblematic of Kyoto’s unique atmosphere.

The delicate pink and pale green hues of the cherry blossoms elegantly contrast with the yellowish cream white color of the Kiyomizu ware base. Crafted in the shape of a delicate plum flower, the tea cup's design adds a layer of softness to the depicted cherry blossoms. And as you rotate the cup, you can admire the stunning blooms from every angle, allowing you to enjoy the charming colors of spring in Kyoto with every sip.

The cherry blossoms are meticulously hand-painted one by one onto the unglazed surface of the tea cup by artisans with a profound understanding of Japanese-style painting. This requires an exceptional level of skill, as the highly absorbent base material demands precision and care to ensure the delicate colored designs are perfectly captured.

Founded in 1868, Tosen Kiln has continuously honored the legacy of Nonomura Ninsei, the legendary potter who pioneered the art of Kyo ware in the 17th century, by maintaining its unique blend of soil and glaze.

The tea cup’s design and craftsmanship embody the dedication, artistry, and tradition of Kiyomizu ware, making it a treasured piece for those who appreciate the beauty and history of Japanese ceramics.


  • Dimension: D 6.5 cm (2.6 in) x H 5.0 cm (2.0 in)
  • Capacity: 70 ml (2.4 oz)
  • 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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