Teacup Set of 5
Genji Monogatari


A stunning set of five porcelain Kumidashi teacups decorated with scenes from the foremost work of Japanese literature: Genji Monogatari (源氏物語). Handmade at the Ichiraku Kiln in Kyoto, renowned for their exemplary Kiyomizu-yaki ceramics. Comes protected in a traditional Japanese wooden box, perfect for Senchadō ceremonies or as a gift.
Product 5-piece Teacup Set
Ceramic Style Kyo-/Kiyomizu-yaki
Origin Kyoto, Japan
Studio Ichiraku-gama 壹楽窯
Volume 150ml
Dimensions Ø8.5cm x 6cm
Material Porcelain
Decoration Handpainted illustrations, gold
Artist's mark Signature on base
Packaging Wooden box (Kiribako)


Each item is handmade and unique, therefore sizing is approximate and paintings may differ slightly from the product photos


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Ichiraku 壹楽

Yamamoto Ichiraku (山本 壹楽) was born in Kyoto in 1958 and after completing his studies was apprenticed to his Father: the first generation master of the Ichiraku kiln. In 1990 he inherited the family kiln and in 2010 was certified as a traditional artisan (伝統工芸士). Ichiraku specialises in traditional Kiyomizu-yaki porcelain, ranging from classic blue-and-white painting to colourful patterns and motifs.

Kumidashi 汲み出し

The Kumidashi is a short, light, handle-free teacup traditionally used to serve Sencha during Senchadō: the Japanese leaf tea ceremony (as opposed to Sadō for matcha powdered green tea). Kumidashi with mouths that spread outwards are particularly suitable for high-grade teas as the shape helps to amplify the aroma. Often sold in sets of five, Kumidashi are the choice of teacup when entertaining guests.

Kyo-yaki 京焼

Both Kyo- and Kiyomizu-yaki (清水焼) are general terms, often used together or interchangeably, to refer to pottery produced in Kyoto, covering a variety of different styles. Historically Kiyomizu-yaki exclusively referred to pottery made on the road leading up to the ancient Kiyomizu Temple – now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Typical Kyoto wares are decorated with colourful hand-painted motifs using overglaze enamel pigments: a technique that appeared in the 17th century and is still a hallmark of Kyo-yaki today. From 794 to 1603 Kyoto was the imperial capital, attracting the most skilled artisans across the country. Even after the seat of government moved to Edo, present day Tokyo, Kyoto continued to be the cultural and spiritual centre of Japan.


Hand wash with warm water and a soft cloth or sponge – avoiding excessive rubbing. Use a mild washing-up liquid as necessary. After draining, pat dry with a towel or leave to dry naturally. Do not put in dishwasher, dryer or microwave as this may damage the glaze.

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