Fudearai Chawan – Matcha Tea Bowl by Yohei Nakamura

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Hand crafted matcha tea bowl for the tea ceremony.
Traditional design by Yohei Nakamura.
Shape: calligraphy brush wash basin (fude-arai; 筆洗)
Motif: irabo (irabo; 伊羅保)


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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: calligraphy brush wash basin (fude-arai; 筆洗). The shape of this bowl is created in resemblance of a wash basin used to clean calligraphy brushes after use. The arts such as poetry, calligraphy and incense had a prominent place among the cultured tea practitioners of old and thus related motifs found their way into the tea chamber as well.

Motif: irabo (irabo; 伊羅保). The irabo style is a common korai (korean-ware) application. These tea bowls are have a rougher surface and appearance and are often well suited for the preparation of a bowl of koicha – thick tea.


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

1 review for Fudearai Chawan – Matcha Tea Bowl by Yohei Nakamura

  1. RJ (verified owner)

    Another amazing bowl from Yohei Nakamura. I am quite the super fan of their work! Each piece of art they create is made so specifically for use in tea ceremony, and it is hard to describe the pleasure of using their bowls without handling one in person. Despite its shape, this bowl is no exception!

    On the topic of shape, what an absolute pleasure it is to present this bowl to others filled with delicious matcha. It is very easy to drink from on the smaller ends, and the slight soft bumps in the texture make a great surface to whisk with. People who use the ‘bartender’s line’ style of whisking will find the elongated shape perfectly suited to their needs, while practitioners of more traditional schools of whisking will have an easy time no matter how you wish to orient the bowl.

    For tea ceremony use, the foot to lip ration is very comfortable from any angle of the bowl, even for my tiny hands. The square foot feels extra stable, so I think anyone who struggles with ‘whisk shifting’ would really appreciate its shape.

    I am very pleased with the bowl, and thrilled to put it in my rotation for both personal use and hosting!

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