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Ume Soup Bowls for "Suimono" Set of 5 (Ninsei Ume Maki-e Suimono-wan, 5 Kyaku-gumi)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Size to Hand-Hold and Sip.
< Suggested Specialty > "Suimono" soup, traditional type of Japanese clear soup(literally meaning "a thing to sip") Because urushi lacquer has a low thermal conductivity, you can hold this bowl easily even when the "suimono" 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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