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"Suimono" Soup Bowls, Set of 5

Ninsei Ume Plum

Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan
Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan
About YAMADA HEIANDO | YAMADA HEIANDO - Japanese Emperor's choice of lacquerware

About
YAMADA HEIANDO:

We are the proud
purveyor of tableware
to the Japanese
Imperial 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? | YAMADA HEIANDO - Japanese Emperor's choice of lacquerware

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.

Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan

Traditional, Authentic, One and Only.
The Very Best of YAMADA HEIANDO to Feel Essence of Japan.

Of YAMADA HEIANDO's over 400 items, we would classify these "suimono" soup bowls as the best of the best - traditional, authentic, one and only. They are the very way to feel what Japan is about.

Designs, methods of painting, materials, usage at the table, or any other aspects regarding these bowls prove for sure that we have put all of what we can offer as Japan's leading lacquerware brand.

Our exclusive craftsmen carve out a genuine wood, use their "maki-e" techniques to hand-paint the classical motif of a plum, and apply a smooth coat of urushi lacquer to finish. Such process is so elaborate that even those few craftsmen who are skilled enough can create at most 3 sets per year.

In a pursue for luxury, these "suimono" soup bowls are intended to be used at celebrations. The Japanese have a wide range of recipes for different occasions, but we always start the course with "suimono" soup.

Serve "suimono" soup on these bowls, take a sip, and you will find yourself in the extraordinary - yet delightful - world of Japan.

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Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan

Your Favourite Design, in Your Favourite Colour.

Ume ( 梅 Plum )

A plum has long been one of the favourite flowers of the Japanese, for its pink colour and sweet scent. It gives seemingly opposite images of innocence and strong fibre at the same time, both from how it flourishes during the winter.

Upon the coming of the thaw, a plum bears its flowers before any other plants do. The contrast, deep pink fluttering in white of the snow, touches hearts of the Japanese so much that it appears in traditional arts almost as often as a cherry blossom, Japan's national flower, does.

Its energy, along with elegance in the visual, has associated a plum with a wish for numerous life events to flourish.

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Genuine Materials from Nature.
Sensibility in Models and Pre-Coats.

Materials for this item are 100% natural.

First we carve bowls and lids 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 each bowl and lid 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.

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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.

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Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan

PLUM FLOWERS 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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CLOUDS with Faded Nuance of Delicate Sparkles.

Finished with a special type of "maki-e" technique called "byakudan finishing." A design is first drawn in silver powder and then paint-coated with urushi lacquer, adding gentle nuance to the overall colour and texture.

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Colour and Design Variation

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  1. Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan

    Ninsei Ume Maki-e
    (Plum)

Product

"Suimono" Soup Bowls, Set of 5 / Ninsei Ume Plum
(Ninsei Ume Maki-e Suimono-wan, 5 Kyaku-gumi)

Country of Origin

JAPAN

Size

φ 13.5cm * 10cm
(Bowl: φ 13.5cm * 6.5cm, Lid: φ 13.5cm * 3.5cm)

Suggested
Specialty to
Coordinate with

"Suimono" soup, traditional type of Japanese clear soup

Weight

500g

Material

Wood

Finishing

URUSHI (Lacquer)
MAKIE (Traditional Japanese technique of gilding)

Included Items

5 "Suimono" soup bowls
5 Wooden chopsticks, lacquer coated
Kiri bako (Paulownia wooden box)

Notes

  • This item is a set of 5 pieces. We will put them with great care in a special "kiri bako" (paulownia wooden box) before gift-wrapping them as usual. You can keep the "kiri bako" to store your bowls in, as works of art are at museums.
  • Each bowl comes with a pair of wooden chopsticks, also coated with urushi lacquer.
  • These "suimono" soup bowls can only be introduced for a limited number in stock, possibly less than 3 sets per year worldwide. Because they require exquisite, thus highly rare, techniques of Japan's traditional craftsmanship to paint such complex designs, even those few craftsmen who are skilled enough need a certain period of time to create them. We greatly appreciate your understanding and patience in case we are out of stock.
Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan

One Box of "Kiri Bako,"
Centuries of Safe Storage.

We will put this item in a special "kiri bako" (paulownia wooden box) upon delivery. This form of long-established protection is commonly used in Japan to store works of the highest values, including art pieces at museums and documents at the Japanese Imperial Household. Its resistance against humidity, heat, and mould enables safe storage for centuries to come.

In addition, not only the contents, but also a "kiri bako" itself is often regarded as a fine piece of art. Its beautiful surface, smooth in texture and soothing in visual with natural grain patterns, may well reveal the delicacy of Japanese traditions that have been succeeded over the course of history. A calligraphic signature on the lid is the name of the item in Japanese, written just for this particular item. We have also signed and put our seal on the back.

You can keep this "kiri bako" to store your item, if not to display, when you are not using it.

Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan
Gifts, Wrapped with Love. | YAMADA HEIANDO - Japanese Emperor's choice of lacquerware

Gifts, Wrapped with Love.

Handling Manual will
also be included.

YAMADA HEIANDO's items are the perfect gifts for every occasion and recipient, with our original wrapping to make your gifts special. Because we want our items to contribute to both givers and recipients to become happy, we will send all items gift wrapped (We do not charge extra for wrapping. It is free.).

Your order will usually be shipped within 2 business days after your payment has been confirmed. The final shipping schedule may differ depending on the destination country, but you can well have your item when you want it.

Don't worry even if it is your first time to use lacquerware - We will send with each item a compact handling manual. Written inside are the fundamental philosophy of YAMADA HEIANDO, the history of lacquerware, and easy steps of how to take care of them in daily life.

Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO of Japan
Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO - Japanese Emperor's choice of lacquerware
Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO - Japanese Emperor's choice of lacquerware
Suimono Soup Bowls | YAMADA HEIANDO - Japanese Emperor's choice of lacquerware

"Suimono" Soup Bowls, Set of 5 / Ninsei Ume PlumNinsei Ume Maki-e Suimono-wan, 5 Kyaku-gumi

Item number wa-ninseiumemakiesuimonowan

Weight500g
Country of originJAPAN
  • Sale price 2,821.28USD(300,000JPY)
Variation Code  
01: NINSEI UME Maki-e
Quantity
Consumption tax will be added separately if shipping to Japan.

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