TOUKOU KILN SAKURA KUTANI HINA DOLLS WITH MINI TATAMI MAT
$425.00

Toukou Kiln Sakura Kutani Hina Dolls with Mini Tatami Mat

USD $425

Only 5 pieces in stock!

These Kutani ware hina dolls beautifully feature vibrant and luxurious colors. They are painted with detailed traditional patterns such as cherry blossoms and plum blossoms on their multiple layers of kimonos. The emperor is clothed in a bright blue, while the empress is adorned in a gentle pink reminiscent of cherry blossoms. With their graceful facial expressions, these dolls exude a regal gracefulness and tranquility. 

Adding to their allure is the golden screen imparting an extra touch of grandeur to the presentation. Gold is often seen as representing hope for a radiant and prosperous future

The hina dolls are thoughtfully paired with a mini tatami mat made in Shizuoka Prefecture. Intricately woven from washi paper, they are smooth to the touch and are resistant to color fading. The edges of the tatami are referred to as tatamiberi, which often feature a variety of exquisite patterns. The pattern chosen for this mini tatami is called kenran, a highly sophisticated and elegant design.

March 3rd of each year marks the traditional Japanese festival of Hinamatsuri, also known as the Peach Festival, during which hina dolls are displayed in homes. These hina dolls embody the heartfelt blessings of parents and elders for their daughters, expressing hopes for the girls' health and robust growth, and for their future happiness in family and marriage. 

Enjoying and arranging hina dolls with children is also a very warm and joyful experience. As these hina dolls are exquisitely beautiful and adorable, they are also very suitable for home decoration. With their distinct beauty, they are also well-suited as gifts for family and friends.

Toukou Kiln, a renowned Kutani ware workshop and wholesaler, specializes in crafting auspicious items like lucky cats, owls, and treasure ships. Owner Yoneda Kazuo, a third-generation artisan, has honed his skills through generations of knowledge. Yoneda acquired a strong foundation in molding, overglaze porcelain, and painting techniques. His true mastery shines through in nishiki-mori, an exceptional painting technique within the realm of Kutani ware. Yoneda employs mori-e, using thick paint squeezed out of an icchin, a dispenser with a fine tip.

PRODUCT DETAIL

  • Quantity: 2 hina dolls, 1 mini tatami mat, 1 golden screen
  • Dimension: Emperor: 8.5 cm (3.3 in) x 8 cm (3.1 in) x H11 cm (4.3 in) / Empress: 8 cm (3.1 in) x 8 cm (3.1 in) x H10 cm (3.9 in) / Mini tatami mat: 22 cm (8.7 in) x 14 cm (5.5 in) x 2 cm (0.8 in)
  • Material: Porcelain, Washi paper
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
  • Brand: Toukou Kiln 

ABOUT TOUKOU KILN

Toukou Kiln is a Kutani ware kiln and wholesaler that mainly produces auspicious items such as beckoning cats, owls, treasure ships, and the seven gods of good fortune. The owner, Kazuo Yoneda, is the third generation, having studied under his father and grandfather. He learned the basics of molding, overglaze porcelain painting, and general techniques, and continued his research to improve all of his techniques.

His specialty is "Nishiki-mori," a painting technique unique to Kutani ware. He uses a method called "Ichichin-mori," in which a special cream-like paint called "Mori-enogu" is applied using a piping bag. The paintings are painted carefully with the awareness that overglaze painting is the life of Kutani ware.

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About kutani ware

Kutani ware is a 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.

The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.