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Wakamatsu Soup Bowls in pair (Mutsumi-wan Wakamatsu)
AboutYAMADA HEIANDO: We are the proudpurveyor of tablewareto the JapaneseImperial Household.
YAMADA HEIANDO is a Japanese lacquerware brand, with more than 90 years of history and traditions. Founded in 1919 in Tokyo, Japan, we have always been serving the finest lacquered products, varying largely from classic set of tableware to modern line of stationery. Our customers include the Japanese Imperial Household, Foreign Embassies of Japan, and renowned places of worship. In the hope that more people will feel connected with the art of lacquerware, we tell stories of contemporary lifestyle to the world via varieties of innovative line up. We have been the leading company in Japanese lacquerware industry, standing out from others for our clear sense of time.
What is URUSHI?
All of YAMADA HEIANDO's products, from classic set of tableware to modern line of stationery, are finished with a traditional Japanese technique of lacquer coating. The technique applies sap of a specific lacquer tree called URUSHI (Rhus Verniciflua). The history goes as far back as 3.4 million years ago, when the lacquer sap was used as an adhesive in Asia during the Stone Age. It was us the Japanese, however, that first recognised the beauty inherent in lacquerware. We refined the coating technique to the level where it became nothing but art. Today, such distinguished craftsmen, including ones in YAMADA HEIANDO's ordinary of course, are entitled as a "Certified Traditional Craftsmen" from the government. We have been - and will always be - creating innovations with new varieties of lacquerware, representing contemporary lifestyle both in Japan and over the world.
For You and Yours. Share Japan's Traditional Craftsmanship, to Share Delightful Moments at Table.
Underneath every Japanese tradition, there lies the ultimate faith of being thoughtful to others. In a classical cooking technique of "kazari-kiri" (飾り切り), for example, we cut vegetables in floral shapes to reproduce the outside scenery on dishes. The delicate table is set sincerely to treat everyone around the table to greater pleasures, both to the eyes and on the tongue. Our love for things miniature and our incomparable dexterity to actually create them, have established the crafting spirit that pursues others' joy before anything else. YAMADA HEIANDO, too, maintains such craftsmanship over the course of our 90 years history. The finest woods from Japan, authentic urushi lacquers in the highest quality, experienced craftsmen with the best skills. We have put all of what we can offer as Japan's leading lacquerware brand, in creating these paired soup bowls. With the name "mutsumi" (睦) to signify harmony and affections, they are to be used in a pair with a person you cherish. Be it your family or friend, share these traditional soup bowls to share delightful moments at the table. We put such wish in this design of a pine tree, that the graceful symbol of eternity will tie a fond bond between you and yours.
Your Favourite Design, in Your Favourite Colour.
Wakamatsu ( 若松 Pine Tree )
A traditional sign of good luck in Japan, a pine tree represents eternal life from the way it endures cold winter and beautifully flourish in the spring. It has a strong vitality to survive winter even when its needles are puffed with snow.
▲ Red and black bowls share the same design, of one large pine tree growing across to their lids.
▲ Each branch is painted in perfect unison so that they look seamless even over protruding parts, including foots of the lids.
Genuine Materials from Nature.Sensibility in Models and Pre-Coats.
Materials for this item are 100% natural. First we carve each utensil from Japanese genuine woods, using varieties of hand tools to add fine tuning. Models are shaped with our experienced craftsmen's keen sense of touch, so that bodies and their lids would fit exactly when put together. We then keep them dry for months until their moisture concentration stabilises at low percentage. Thin layers of raw clay and urushi lacquer are applied to form a evenly smoothed surface. These pre-coats need to be thin enough for them to dry inward and outward at the same speed, or they would shrink on the exterior. A flat canvas is the essential for the next step: drawing representative designs with a "maki-e" technique.
MAKI-E,The Finishing Sparkles on Lacquerware.
Typical examples of lacquerware were ones with finishing called MAKI-E. It is a traditional Japanese technique of gilding, to draw three-dimensional pictures and designs on a lacquered surface. Only meticulousness of the finest craftsmen can create this work of art, by portraying classical motifs in lacquer on a pre-coated model and sprinkling gold and silver leaf on top. This beauty of Japan has been fascinating people all over the world, including Maria Theresa of the Habsburg dominions and her daughter Marie Antoinette. The two celebrities were so passionate that they set an entire room full of lacquered luxuries in the Schönbrunn Palace and the Palace of Versailles respectively. Maria Theresa even preferred lacquerware to "everything in the world, all diamonds." They referred to lacquereware as "Japan," after respect and admiration for the glorious country of the Far East.
PINE TREES in Vivid Colours and Smooth Strokes.
Hand-painted by using "iro urushi" (colour lacquer). Our craftsmen mix raw lacquer with dyes just before starting painting, so that they can adjust the mixing combinations depending on the day's temperature and humidity.
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In Size to Hand-Hold and Sip.
< Suggested Specialty > Miso soup, traditional Japanese soup with soybean paste Because urushi lacquer has a low thermal conductivity, you can hold this bowl easily with hands even when the miso soup inside is still warm.
Original Logo.The Proof of Authenticity.
On the back of each item, we carefully stamp our original logo in gold, to prove that it is the genuine lacquerware of YAMADA HEIANDO's.
Colour and Design Variation
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