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Do you like reading horoscopes?
Nowadays,the Japanese are very familiar with horoscopes.
Magazines typically have horoscopes in one section, and programs broadcast in the morning discuss the fortunes of the day.
However, we usually don't take horoscopes seriously; rather, we enjoy them. Therefore, we don't make decisions on the important things in life based on horoscopes, but we may be affected a little by it on that day. This is similar to what happens as a result of Omikuji or fortune-telling by blood types. 

This plate is one of Keiju Sakaba's works.
My astrological sign is Cancer; therefore, I have a personal preference for this plate.
These are fishes and a crab caught in a net.
These creatures are depicted as facing a crisis, but I think this design is suitable for the hot season because it suggests the presence of water. In summer, we are likely to use cool porcelain!!

Mr.Sakaba lives in Mito, Ibaragi Prefecture. He had a longing for Rosanzin Kitaoji, and he was actually trained at kiln in Kutani. Rosanzin lived in a different time, but his pottery skills also developed at a kiln in Kutani.
While making porcelain, the molding and painting are often done separately,but Mr.Sakaba ensures that all the process are done by himself,and he does both exceedingly well!
Features of his work are the beautiful shapes and his smooth brushwork; therefore, his pieces are very popular among young women. Though the design of this plate is often seen in porcelain from older periods, by his own admission, the old and new combine well. This is represented in his work. Although he is still young, I am really looking forward to seeing what his future holds. 

Keiju Sakaba
Size D15.2−H3.3    Price 3,990Yen

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Rainy season

In Japan, The rainy season is right around the corner.
For humans, this long period of rain is cumbersome; for trees of the forest, though, it is blessing. The pouring rain moistens the ground and gives trees the power to survive the hot summer.

Japan's wooded areas are the origination points for lacquerware, the handiwork that is a source of pride for our country. Lacquerware was briskly exported to Europe during the second half of the sixteenth century. It was called 'japan' familiarity. It is noteworthy that Marie Antoinette's lacquerware collections have been part of a very famous exhibition at the Versailles Palace.  

The Process for creating lacquerware begins with shaving Kiji wood and then repeatedly applying lacquer that is tapped from Urushi tree. When lacquer congeals, it turns into a strong and beautiful paint. The more it is used, the more durable and attractive it becomes, unlike other paint products that deteriorate over time.
The advanced process for producing lacquerware was developed during the Stone Age.The procedure has been used to create works of art that include tableware, Buddhist instruments, buildings, and ships. Production is not only practical; it is deeply linked to the Japanese soul.

Lacquerware is created by division of labor; various tasks include shaving wood, applying lacquer to the wood, and decorating the product.
Therefore, a community consisting of people engaged in making it exists at the place of production. Wajima and Yamanaka, Ishikawa Prefecture, are examples of such communities; their handiwork is known as Wajima nuri and Yamanaka nuri. These days, however,many products are introduced under the name of the person who applies the lacquer.

The plate with the low foot pictured above is one of Akisa Takeuchi's works. It is called 'Tubakizara', based on its likeness to the camellia flower.
Ms.Takeuchi lives in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. She is a very intellectual woman, with a deep knowledge about lacquerware and fine arts in general. Currently, her influence is also directed towards training young people. I found her works by chance, while loitering in the town of Kurashiki, and I was enamoured by the wonderful designs and beautiful colours of her works. Ms.Takeuchi's creations are not only elegant - they are also practical and friendly for everyday use.

Regrettably, lacquerware has acquired an image as being very expensive and for use on special occasions only; it is often forgotten due to an increasingly westernised lifestyle. However, its durability and reparability, as well its compatibility with the environment, make it desirable for improved marketing strategies. I want the merits of lacquerware to be known to many more people.

Tubakizara    Akisa Takeuchi
Size D18−H4.3    Price 14,700Yen

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Tango no Sekku

In Japan, 5 May is called Tango no Sekku and is set aside as a day for a family to celebrate their son, hoping he will grow to be healthy as well as successful in life.
The day's ceremonies include, among other things, eating a Chimaki, taking a Shobu-yu, and decorating a Koinobori, which is a carp-shaped flag that people display in their gardens.
It is said that people have been decorating Koinobori since the middle of the Edo Period. The ritual is derived from a Chinese story about a carp that could swim up a waterfall, and after successfully reaching the top, it could become a dragon. Thus, a carp has always been a symbol of success in life.

This Soba-choko is one of Kensuke Fujiyoshi's works, in which a lively carp is attempting to climb a waterfall.
The drawing is awesome!
Mr.Fujiyoshi lives in Fukuoka Prefecture,and his kiln is called HANAMATURIGAMA.The beautiful name Hanamaturi refers to Buddha's birthday.
Mr.Fujiyoshi primarily creates porcelain which is modeled after Koimari. Koimari is a name of porcelain that was made in the Arita region during the Edo Period. Even today, there are many Koimari collectors worldwide. Freddie Mercury(vocalist for Queen)was an avid Koimari collector.
Soba-choko is typical of Koimari, and many of its designs contain meanings, such as health, happiness, long life, and so on. 
Of course, this particular work represents health and success, just as Koinobori does.

Kensuke Fujiyoshi
Size D7.7−H6    Price 4,410Yen

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In Japan, April is the season of Sakura.
Japanese people love Sakura and they not only watch it, but often use it as a motif for Kimono, Japanese sweets, Japanese tableware, and so on. 

This plate of Sakura is a work of Katsutosi Mizuno.
Mr.Mizuno trained at the Kutaniseiyo which is a very famous kiln of porcelain, and then he opened own kiln in Tobe(Ehime Prefecture).Tobe is a place of production of high-quality kaolin. Now he lives in Hiroshima and he is making porcelains from same process as before.
All his works are Hakuji(white porcelain) and painting is not carried out.
So, its shape determines the good or bad of a work.
Mr. Mizuno's work is pure and is really beautiful from any angle.
This is my favorite work !

Hakuji-Sakura-Shichisunzara   Katsutoshi  Mizuno 
Size W21−H3.5    Price 6,615Yen

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Welcome to GALLERY SHO !
Welcome to GALLERY SHO!
At this blog, I introduce Japanese tableware, pottery, porcelain and lacquerware which I collected from all over Japan.
In Japan, especially pottery and lacquerware have a long history and even now many kilns and workshops are located.
Anyhow, I love Japanese tableware ! So I visited many kilns and workshops and I selected works that I thought fantastic.
Of course, all works are handmade and are made by comtemporary artists who established their own style after severe training.
If there is in a stock, I can sell to you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at info@gallery-sho.com 
I am waiting for you !
Thank you !

Ayako Hashimoto