Shigaraki 4th Takahashi Rakusai Tea bowl year of the dog 1970-1982-1994-2006-2018

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Shigaraki 4th Takahashi Rakusai Tea bowl year of the dog 1970-1982-1994-2006-2018

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The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.

The Dog is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支-dì zhī) xū (戌), and the hours 7-9 in the evening. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳-yīn yáng), the Dog is yang.

In China, it is still popular to name dogs Wàng Cái (旺财). It means "prosperous wealth" and comes from dogs' barking sounds (旺旺-wàng wàng).

Rakusai Generation is a culmination of 1000 years of Shigaraki pottery. The family is one of the old potter families in Shiga and has been making ceramics for five generations. They built two kilns behind their house, making very traditional style vessels. On the left image is Rakusai III died on January 17 1976 (on Sunset). Takahashi Rakusai IV, his eldest son he's a Traditional Craftsman Born in 1925, he succeeded to the family mantle in 1976. He was recognized as a "Traditional Craftsman" by Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry . Now his son Rakusai V has taken charge of the entire business. Shiga is a Prefecture in Japan. Shigaraki, Bizen, are very popular as WABI-SABI pottery. All Rakusai works presents a lovely sense of view, touch and hold in the hands. The entire family are potters who has got very high evaluation & their name has been inherited from generation to generation, & skill are well maintained today with respect. The Six Ancient kilns of Japan is a general name given to the six major sites of ceramic production since the Kamakura era(1185-1333). Shiga's Kiln is one of the six ancient kiln sites, has been produced for over 1000 years. Many potting centers have lost the dynamism that reached a peak in the Momoyama era(1568-1615), yet Shigaraki is still a thriving ceramic center very famous, and Rakusai is a must for fans. You will find Rakusai Incised into clay as ら (ra)

"The family has been instrumental in the revival of historic unglazed Shigaraki ware when the development of glazed ceramics became increasingly popular in the mid 19th and early 20th century.

Yoshiko's Great Grandfather Takahashi III was designated as the Shiga Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property in 1964 and the family today are still producing ceramics from Grandfather (iv), Father (v), to Yoshiko herself and her mother Masami who makes beautiful miniature ceramic animals.

Three wood firing kilns are maintained on the premises and usually fired on an annual basis: Noborigama, Anagama and a Snake Kiln."