- HASAMI YAKI, Takayama Pottery studio -
Hasami porcelain, indigo blue, with a small lucky dwarf
Japanese rice bowl with a traditional Japanese pattern in chic indigo blue.
Even more unusual is the "Ikkanjin doll", which is firmly attached to the side of the bowl.
The magnificent patterns on the entire surface of the rice bowl are all classic Japanese patterns that are considered to be good luck:
floral birds (kacho 花鳥), blue sea waves (seigaiha 青海波), and plum blossom in a hexagon (kikkou-ume 亀甲梅)
What is "Ikkanjin"?
"Ikkanjin" refers to a design in which a small China-style doll is attached to the edge or lid of the tableware, and it was introduced from China and mainly used for a tea utensils in Japan.
The word ikkanjin means "leisured person", "free-spirited person", or "Bohemian", someone who has a lot of free time, and it is said that this is him looking into the well. (But our Ikkanjin hasn't reached the top to look down yet, he's on the way! ^ ^)
It is a happy person who can roam freely as he likes, without being tied to the world... Nowadays, there are not only "human" style, but also owls, rabbits or other animals.
[ Variation ]
Blue Ikkanjin doll
Red Ikkanjin doll
[ Größe (ca.)/ size (approx.) ]
Blue: Φ. 11,5 cm x H. 6 cm
Red: Φ 11 cm x H. 5,5 cm
[ Gewicht (ca.)/ weight (approx.) ]
Blue: 170 g
Red: 150 g
[ Material/ material ] Porzellan/ Porcelain (Hasami ware))
[ Studio ] Takayama Pottery Studio
[ Hergestellt/ origin ] Hasami, Nagasaki/Japan
- Spülmachinengeeignet (Händewaschen wird empfohlen, da die Ikkanjin-Puppe durch Stöße gegen andere Waren in der Spülmaschine beschädigt werden kann.)
- Dishwasher-safe (Hand washing is recommended as the Ikkanjin doll can be damaged by bumping into other goods in the dishwasher.)
* We have also "IKKANJIN Tea cups" in the same series. ☞ SHOP
Hasami-yaki porcelain, which is characterized by the beauty of white porcelain and the delicate painting in indigo, is a pottery made at Hasami Town in the northern part of Nagasaki Prefecture. The town is surrounded by mountains, and produce abundant good material.
The name "Hasami-yaki" may be unfamiliar to people overseas, but Hasami is a neighboring town of Arita, which is famous worldwide for Arita-yaki, and in fact, has the same roots. This region, including Hasami, which has a history of more than 400 years and still holds a large share of daily tableware, was registered as a Japanese cultural heritage in 2016.
In former days, all the pottery from this region was shipped overseas from Imari Port, so it was called "IMARI-yaki ware".
In the Meiji era (1868-1912), with the development of railroad transportation, pottery from this area was distributed nationwide from Arita Town, where the shipping station was located, thus Hasami-yaki and Arita-yaki were all called "Arita-yaki" together.
Therefore, much of what was sold as Arita-yaki at that time actually contained Hasami-yaki ware.
However, due to the revision of the law in the 2000s, the stricter notation of production area was enforced. From this point on, Hasami-yaki ware and Arita-yaki ware will be clearly separated from each other, and will be restarted from scratch as "Hasami ware".