The Takatori Yaki is one of the seven klins created by Enshû KOBORI in 1630.The aesthetics of the Takatori Yaki carries a unique variety of colors in Japanese ceramics: blues, browns, greens; all made from natural elements taken from the Japanese nature. The ceramics themselves possess shapes based on the observation of the nature.

The implementation follows a strict code, including the use of wood fire for the baking. The Takatori Yaki pieces of tea by Hekizan ONIMARU are part of the collections of Zen temples in Japan, among which in the the Ginkaku-Ji (Silver Temple) and Daitoku-ji temples in Kyôto.

The history of the Takatori Yaki started with the building of the TAKUMA kiln (pottery workshop) in the Elman-ji temple which was located at the foot of the Takatori-yama (Fukuoka). This kiln was built under the order of the samurai Nagamasa Kuroda who had just returned to his country after having fought in the Bunroku-Keicho-no-eki war. That war, which lasted from 1592 to 1598 had taken place in the Korean peninsula, from where Kuroda brought back with him the Korean potter Hatchizan.

Thereafter, new kilns were built the Utchigalsso kiln in the city of Nogata, the kiln « Tojindani » in the city of Yamada, the kiln « Shirakiyama » in the city of Izuka and some others after. From then on, the potteries for tea ceramics started to be manufactured according to the instructions of tea master Enshû KOBORI. And thus was born the Takatori Yaki, that people of this time were going to call the Takatori Enshû. The Takatori Yaki was characterized by thin and elegant ceramics, influenced by master Enshû's own idea of beauty, named kirei-sabi.

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