Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa
Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM] - KiGinKin |ᴷ| Hirokazu Ichikawa

Sake Set For One - Fully Hand Made [SM]

Regular price ¥28,650
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Hand-made sake set, including 1 flask (tokuri) and 1 cup (guinomi). Made in Kyoto by Hirokazu Ichikawa, featuring the potter's kiln-fired pale-blue color.

KiGinKin Stock 3 sets
Techniques Kiyomizu-yaki
Materials Glazed porcelain
Size [mm] (width, depth, height)
  Flask  
80 x 80 x 110 (260 ml/8.7 oz)
  Cup  
60 x 60 x 40
Weight [g]
200 (total)
At a Japanese tavern izakaya, a man says: “A Japanese dinner is not complete without Japanese sake” and grabs a bottle of sake.
His wife stops him: “Japanese sake is not complete without a flask”. The man agrees and asks for a flask.
The waitress kindly but firmly corrects them. “Dear guests, what you said is true. But as no good dinner is best without sake, and no sake is best without its flask, a flask is not best unless you reserve it the same care you have for your dinner and your sake.”
The couple looks at her confused, so she shows them a bamboo basket filled with flasks and cups.
Unsure, they pick a flask and two cups that catch their eye. She bows slightly, and leaves.
After a while, she comes back with hot sake in the steaming flask with two cups. They don’t hesitate, pour the sake into the cups, and drink.

She was right!
How far more wonderful does the sake taste, when poured from a beautiful flask into a beautiful cup, and how more enjoyable time is when you love each of the things you do.
For sale until November 30, 2021
Manufacturing time: 7 days
What's this? We will take your order and pass it on to the manufacturer at the end of the selling period: the time shown here is the time it will take to make the item, starting from the day the manufacturer received the order.
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Designed and made in Kyoto (Japan).

Product description
Enjoy hot sake served from a unique-looking flask (called tokuri), and sipped from an equally beautiful sake cup.
The set includes 1 flask and 1 cup, all made in fine porcelain by potter Hirokazu Ichikawa.
The peculiar pale-blue color is obtained though the coating of each item with a special mix of materials which, when fired, react and naturally create this color (see image below.) Not only is the mix prepared and applied by hand following Ichikawa's unique recipe: the potter is constantly experimenting to find the perfect tonality he has in mind, which means that an item made this year will look different from one made next year. Additionally, the specific tonality of each single piece will depend on environmental conditions, such as temperature and its distance from the fire.
As a result, each piece is as unique as it can get.

A very Japanese feel, without the easily-recognized features of traditional Japanese pottery.
The cup and the flask come in separate especially designed wooden boxes, called kiribako.

kiginkin ichikawa hirokazu pottery fired blue pale glaze

Instructions for use
Pour your favorite sake in the flask and heat it up in hot water to make hot sake (see our article about Japanese sake to know more), or serve at room temperature.
Serve directly from the flask into the cups and enjoy.

 

Care
Wash immediately after use. Wipe the outside with a dry cloth, and let the inside dry naturally.

Warnings
• This product is fully hand made: minor differences between pieces may occur.
• Wash thoroughly before the first use, with a non-abrasive detergent and a sponge. Wipe the outside with a dry cloth, and let the inside dry naturally.
• Do not dishwash.
• Do not microwave.
• Do not leave immersed in water or other liquids for long times.

Notes
• This product may not be returned. Items that you receive broken will be reimbursed. Please read our return policy to know more.
• The items shown on this page come as a set. Single pieces are also available on KiGinKin, along with other items in the same series. Please check the manufacturer's collection page for more information.
• The kiribako box is traditionally made with very thin wood, and it is only intended for protection during shipping and storing. We will take the utmost care when placing the kiribako inside the shipping box; however, due to the delicate nature of a kiribako, it may crack before it reaches you. Please be aware that this is not considered a defect, and it won't result in a refund as long as the item itself is undamaged.

Hirokazu Ichikawa is a Kiyomizu-yaki potter based in an area in Kyoto known as Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi. His pottery is easily recognized by a peculiar color, obtained through the application of a secret mixture of materials which, when fired, react and naturally create the pale-blue glaze.

kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile before after firing color change
kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile set

Born and raised in Kyoto, Ichikawa graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1984, and has been a regular exhibitor at the Kyoto Art Exhibition since then.
He further developed his style and technique in the years, while receiving recognition on a national and international level. Ichikawa's work has been exhibited in all Japan (Nitten, Asahi Ceramic Exhibition, and others) and in the US, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (Md).

Ichikawa creates his pottery out of his kiln in Kyoto.

kiginkin hirokazu ichikawa profile wheel kiln
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