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Kuro Raku Chōjiro Shunkan

Kuro Raku Chōjiro Shunkan

Black matcha tea bowl by Shōraku

Origin: Kyoto, Japan

Material: clay

Dimensions: Φ 11.5 cm, H: 8 cm

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Description

Made by Shoraku Sasaki III
Deliver with a signed wooden box by the master.

It is said that this Raku-chawan “Shunkan” is one of the few bowls named by Sen no Rikyu himself because there remains the paper with the signature “Shunkan” written by Rikyu with India ink in the center of the box for “Shunkan.”

Legend has it that a disciple in Kyushu (Satsuma) prefecture asked Rikyu for some bowls produced by Chojiro, and Rikyu sent him three bowls. But he sent back two of them and requested Rikyu to write a signature to the bowl he kept. Then Rikyu conceived the name of Shunkan who was a Buddhist priest. (1143-1179) Shunkan joined a group as a member of conspiracy against Heike family during Heian era (794-1185), but their plan of conspiracy was exposed and Shunkan was exiled to Kikaiga-shima island with Naritsune Fujiwara (a court noble at the end of Heian era) and Yasuyori Taira (samurai in Heian era.) Ultimately Naritsune and Yasuyori went back to Kyoto after being forgived and only Shunkan left alone in Kikaiga-shima island. He passed away as grieving. The name of Raku-Chawan “Shunkan” comes from this historical event.

This tea bowl “Shunkan” is formed by totally being shaved. The rim of a tea bowl called “Kuchizukuri” is a little wavy. There is a shallow dent called “Chadamari”at the center of the tea bowl The material of glazing covering the surface of Kuroraku is powdered Kamogawa-seki (black pebbles) which are collected in the upper part of Kamogawa river. The glazing melt easily on the surface of a tea bowl in a kiln and makes it smooth. Shunkan looks like heavy as well as other Raku Chawan due to its color and thickness, but it is very light when holding it up. “Shunkan” is a tea bowl which has various aspects and is a masterpiece among this type of Raku Chawan produced by Chojiro.


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Handling precautions

Raku Chawan

Initiation:
Before the first use of a Raku chawan, dip it in lukewarm water with a few grains of hard rice. The rice powder in the water helps seal the pores of the Rakuchawan, strengthens the walls and makes it less fragile.

Cleaning:
To clean, dip the tea bowl in lukewarm water: a new bowl for one or two minutes; an older one for about 30 seconds to keep it clean, keep it from being covered with stains and to prevent damage. Do not let it sit in water, for the tea bowl will fall apart!

Storage:
When not in use, dry the tea bowl with towel. Afterward – especially during wet season – put it in an airy place and keep it dry. Otherwise, the tea bowl could be damaged and/or develop a damp smell. If the smell clings to the bowl, make tea with it every day. The smell is usually gone in a week. If not, contact us or the producers of the tea bowl for advice.

Useage:
Raku Chawan is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, characterized by being porous, which allows the carbon dioxide to pass through a small hole. Hot water, therefore, might ooze through the tea bowl. This bowl is also vulnerable to acid, so it is not advisable to put acid foods in it. Raku Chawan is not to be used as dishware!
Thanks to the small pores and structure of Raku Chawan, over time small, and in rare cases bigger fractures might appear on the bowl. This can be prevented by correct initiation, but is still natural to happen.

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