I see cracks in my teacup. Is it damaged? Not always! Those may be kan-nyuu.
This is a matcha tea bowl that is deeper than what we are used to seeing. It is a "tsutsu-gata chawan" (筒形茶碗) ...literally "cylinder-shaped tea bowl". It is a winter tea bowl normally used in Dec~Feb. The deep bowl keeps the matcha warm as it is served to guests.
What are those pale pink spots? Gohonte!
Karako--the little children in pottery.
Japanese Home Cooking Recipes
The Daruma doll: why does it come with no eyes?
Fukusa: elaborate covers.
Zen saying:『行雲流水』Kou-un Ryuu-sui "Clouds move. Water flows."
Plum vs Cherry. Which one is which?
Hariko No Tora: papier-mâché tigers.
The Halifax-Hakodate Friendship azalea.
Japanese Proverb: "Too much is just the same as too little."