Hakeme Amigasa Chawan – Matcha Tea Bowl by Yohei Nakamura

(2 customer reviews)

Hand crafted matcha tea bowl for the tea ceremony.
Traditional design by Yohei Nakamura.
Motif: brush-stroke (hakeme 刷毛目)
Shape: braided-hat (amigasa 編笠)


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Traditional matcha tea bowl for use in the tea ceremony. Tea bowls used for tea ceremony practice are preferred to have traditional shapes and motifs. They often are imitations of famous tea bowls that were selected as preferred and valued vessels by the tea masters of old. The description of such bowls is often divided into shape, and  style or motif. Shapes often resemble ‘everyday’ objects that have a significance in Japanese culture. Motifs are commonly preferred applications and styles of craftsmanship.

Cultural significance of the bowl in question:

Shape: braided-hat (amigasa; 編笠). The somewhat pointy oval shape of the bowl (which can also be said to resemble a football) is said to resemble the shape of a traditional braided hat, used as a rain cover by  people in traditional Japan.

Motif: brush-stroke (hakeme; 刷毛目). The stroke of white glaze on the in and outside of the tea bowl is a favored design on traditional Japanese vessels. The simplicity of one stroke of brush on a surface of different color always presents the viewer with a different pattern that never seizes to bore.


Product specifications

Tea bowl size: D14.5cm x H7.5cm
Packaging: cardboard box

About the artist: Yohei Nakamura

Born in Kyoto in 1950. Graduated from the Kyoto Prefectural Ceramists’ Technical Institute in 1965; entered apprenticeship with pottery master Josui Katō. Received the mayor’s prize at the traditional industries fair in 1966. Received the Kyoto Association of Ceramics prize in 1970. Received the mayor’s prize at the Sumie exhibition in Tokyo in 1971. Received the director’s prize at the Kyoto Cooperative of Ceramics’ Kyo-yaki/Kiyomizu-yaki exhibition in 1983. And received the Mayor’s prize at the pottery figures and ceramics exhibition the same year.

Weight451 g

2 reviews for Hakeme Amigasa Chawan – Matcha Tea Bowl by Yohei Nakamura

  1. Carmen White (verified owner)

    This is an exquisite piece that is a delight to hold! Surprisingly light and elegantly shaped, it is a treasure I am proud to own.

  2. SFK (verified owner)

    Absolutely love the shape of the bowl. It does take a bit of practice, learning and adjustment to handle the bowl right, but that’s the fun of obtaining new tea ware. 🙂 The brushstrokes on the bowl feel like an artwork in itself. It sparks joy when I take it out of my cupboard in anticipation for practice that day.

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