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Raku Kichizaemon on the Avant-Garde Tradition of Raku Ware (Video)Otome Kaita (video production and editing)

Raku Kichizaemon, the fifteenth grand master of the Raku line of potters, creates avant-garde works of ceramic art rooted in 450 years of tradition. With a tea bowl of his own making in hand, he discusses the philosophical underpinnings of Raku ware.
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Teaware Master Raku Kichizaemon: Heir to a Radical Tradition

For some 450 years the Raku family of potters has maintained a tradition of teaware ceramics epitomizing the wabi-cha aesthetic of the great Sen no Rikyū. We talked to Raku Kichizaemon, the fifteenth grand master of the Raku line, about the complex relationship between tradition and rebellion in his craft.
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The Deep Stillness of a Raku Tea Bowl

Black Raku chawan, or tea bowls, are currently gaining global attention. The founder of the Raku family of potters created this implement at the request of Sen no Rikyū, who elevated the Japanese tea ceremony to entirely new levels of refinement. What is the allure of these tea bowls that crosses national borders? We asked Raku Kichizaemon XV, the current head of the Raku family, about their appeal.
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The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Sadō, also known as chadō or chanoyu, is Japan’s austere rite of tea. Although its origins lie in Chinese Zen ritual, over centuries the ceremony developed into a distinct Japanese form combining native culture, including art, ikebana flower arranging, and haute kaiseki cuisine.
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A Tradition Ironed Out over the Years: The Cast-iron Creations of Okamaya

The family firm Okamaya in Iwate Prefecture has been handcrafting cast-iron kettles for over 350 years. We interviewed the firm’s head, Koizumi Nizaemon, to learn more about its history and the traditions of Nanbu cast iron.
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