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Purple (Shidei) Yuzamashi Banko Ware by Otsuku Shun

Purple (Shidei) Yuzamashi Banko Ware by Otsuku Shun

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The origin of Banko ware ("Banko-yaki") dates back to 1736 in Yokkaichi, Japan, when an 18 year old named Rozan Nunami built his own kiln to make ceramics for his favorite pastime, Chano-yu (ceremonial tea).  Rozan would stamp “Banko" (萬古) (everlasting) or “Banko Fueki" (萬古焼) (changeless) on his ceramics with the hope that they would live forever and be handed down from generation to generation. 

After Rozan's death, his brothers revived the teaware style, improving production and adding a gold flake pink glaze.    

Banko ware is still in production today in the Mie Prefecture, where Yokkaichi is located.  It is also the third largest tea producing area in Japan.  Yokkaichi is known for its Kabusecha, a green tea that is covered and shaded from the sun a few weeks before harvest in order to increase the chlorophyll and sweetness of the leaves.  Banko ware and Kabusecha have a long history together and should be reunited in a brewing session with a beautiful piece of Banko teaware. 

Otsuki Shun created this yuzamashi (pitcher) using the knowledge passed on to him by master Banko potters and tea ceremony masters.  He makes this high quality clay himself in Mie Prefecture, the heart of Banko-yaki in Japan.  

The yuzamashi has a length of 10.5 cm (4.1 in), a height of 5 cm (1.9 in), and a capacity of 140 ml (4.7 oz). 

Recommended Care

Hand wash only

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