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Kuro Raku Chōjirō Tōyōbō

Black raku tea bowl for matcha by Sasaki Shōraku III.

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Kuro Raku Chōjirō Tōyōbō is the copy of one of the so called Rikyu Shichishu - 7 favorite chawans. Chōjirō, the founder of the Raku family created the originals by the order of Sen no Rikyu, the founder of Chanoyu.
It received the name "Tōyōbō" in the Azuchi-Momoyama period from a Tendai Buddhist monk, Tōyōbō Chōsei (1515-1598). He was a pupil of Sen no Rikyu and lived at the Shinnyo-do temple.

The signature "Tōyōbō" on the wooden box cover is said to be written by Rikyu himself.
Most likely he wrote his name when he gave the chawan to Tōyōbō.

The original chawan was declared Important Cultural Property.


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Origin: Kyoto, Japan

Material: clay

Dimensions: Φ 12 cm, H: 8 cm

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Handling precautions

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 to seal the pores of the Rakuchawan, strengthens the walls and makes it less fragile.

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!

When not in use, dry the tea bowl with a towel. Afterward – especially during the 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.

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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