Nobuhito NAKAOKA SHINRINGAMA Colored ash glaze bowl Called Saishikikaiyu Chawan bowl made in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture.



径 (Diameter) 11.6cm
高さ (Height) 9.5cm
重さ (Weight) 417g 


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The first Fuji mural has been drawn in Tokyo, Kikai-yuキカイ湯 in Kandasarugakuchou in 1912 by Kawagoe Koshiro川越広四郎 to entertain the young customers while they were taking their bath. As a powerful emblem for Japanese people the most painted subject is Fuji-san, but you can also found Japanese countryside landscape, mountains...
However there are some exceptions due to Japanese superstition, for instance you cannot paint red momiji because they fall during autumn or monkey, because "saru" 去る in Japanese means "to leave".
The painters are called "yokujo-haikeiga-eshi" 浴場背景画絵師 or "penki-eshi" ペンキ絵師 and only 3 remains in Tokyo nowadays, to perform this unique job in Tokyo.

"祭司" (Saishi) The finest priestesses from the Temple of Venus at your command.

Kikai-yuキカイ湯  The first public bath to adopt a painting "Kikai-yu" (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo)painting on public bath walls started in 1912, the first year of the Taisho era. "Kikai-yu" (name of a public bath), opened in 1884 in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. During expansion in 1912, this public bath was the first to put a mural on the bathtub wall. For Kikai-yu, the intention was to make children happy. When we hear "public bath", we imagine several things like the bandai (reception counter), high ceilings, wicker baskets, and the Kerorin brand bucket advertisements. Among them, the murals have a special place in people's memories.

Nobuhito Nakaoka

One of the six old pottery areas in Japan,
Tamba is located near Osaka and Kobe,
and has more than 50 independent potters
in small area. Nobuhito Nakaoka's work
has traditional Tamba-yaki with touch of
modern taste.
Talking to Nakaoka-san in person, I realize
that his modern and sharp design and
use of colors come from his experience.
In Tamba, most of potters family have their
own kiln and has a shop, but coming from
Osaka, he didn't have anything to start with.
So he entered potter's world as apprenticeship
and worked in Kyoto and also in Saint Vincent
island. This unique experience and being outsider
make his work unique and particular. He said
as a young potter, he didn't have money, so
he bought old traditional Japanese house
and fixed himself to make it a workshop/ shop/
house altogether.
Out of his works, I personally like red glaze.
Usually, red glaze makes plate heavy and
difficult to match with other plate as well as
dishes. But his red glaze melts into white which
make softer impression and easier to use.
I think it can go with green salad, carrots, or
fish. I'm happy to have nice red dish on my
I actually forgot to bring my camera with me
when I visit Nakaoka-san, so the next time,
I definitely take some good photos.

信凌窯 Shinringama - 中岡信人 Nobuhito Nakaoka

1977 Born in Osaka

1996 Apprenticed to Tadashi Nishihata of Tanba-yaki

2001 Employed at Industrial Research Institute of Kyoto, Ceramics Department

2003-2005 Joins the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Program in St. Vinsent and the Grenadines

2006 Sets up his own atelier in Tachikui, Shinoyama City, Hyogo Pref.


2010 "Genzai-kei-no-Tohgei-Hagi Grand Awards Exhibition"(Present Form of Ceramic Art-Hagi Grand Awards Exhibition))

2011 Kobe Biennale 2011

2012 29th "Chanoyu-no-Zoukeiten" (29th Exhibition: Molding for Tea Ceremony)