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Chawan (matcha bowl) Oribe-Guro

Aiya

✔ Japanese Oribe ware
✔ Made using the principle of 'wabi-sabi' 
✔ Lustrous black glaze

€42.00
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AIYA/ZTB06OribeGuro_zwart
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Chawan Oribe-Guro

This ceremonial matcha bowl is named for Furuta Oribe, a 16th century Japanese tea master and inventor. Oribe ware is immediately recognisable because of its coloured glazing, with a typical Oribe glaze being a lustrous dark green. Oribe ware that is completely covered in black glaze is called Oribe-Guro.

Lovers of Japanese teaware consider Oribe ware to be a classic example of Japanese aesthetics. It embodies the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which means ‘perfect imperfection’. It refers to the idea that there is inherent beauty in simplicity and asymmetry as well as the fact that natural imperfection can also be reflected in a created object, like this chawan. The rim of the matcha bowl is neither straight nor delineated, but instead rises and falls – a visual representation of the hilly Japanese landscape.

Oribe ware is much-loved, not just as a visual reminder of wabi-sabi but also because it looks good with foodstuffs. The black glaze of this chawan highlights the deep green colour of the matcha more than any other chawan can, a visually appealing contrast that turns drinking matcha from this bowl into an exceptional experience, each and every time.

What is a chawan?

Chawan is the Japanese name for a tea bowl that it is used to prepare matcha. It’s not just a beautiful bowl, and much attention is paid to dimensions, the inside, the base and the rim when making a chawan. These elements are all important for preparing matcha and for the experience of drinking the tea.

  • It must be tall enough and wide enough
    The diameter and height of a chawan ensure that you can make the matcha without spilling and so that it feels natural when you hold the bowl as you drink.

    The diameter of a chawan is also important for the matcha-drinking experience – unlike a normal cup, the rim shields your nose from other aromas while drinking. There is enough space for the bowl to ‘hold’ your nose so that you can also inhale the aroma of the matcha.

    Measurements chawan Oribe-Guro:
    Diameter: 11 cm
    Height: 7,5 cm
  • A smooth interior
    The inside of a chawan should be smooth so that it is easy to stir with your chasen or matcha whisk. Small bulges would inhibit the matcha from dissolving.

  • A sturdy base
    When you follow the steps for the Japanese tea ceremony as you prepare your matcha, at a certain point you will only be holding the chawan with one hand: the bowl must have a sturdy base so that it is both easy and safe to hold it.

  • Soft rim
    The rim of a chawan should be neither too thick nor too thin and there cannot be any projections or bulges. When drinking matcha your attention should be on the taste and the experience, and any bulges will distract you.

Made in Japan, the Oribe-Guro chawan makes drinking matcha a unique experience. As a decorative element in your kitchen this ceremonial bowl is a daily reminder of the beauty of natural imperfections, of wabi-sabi.

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Not dishwasher safe – not microwaveable.

Clean with (warm) water without soap, so that any leftover soap does not affect the taste of the matcha.