Tea utensils from the Tomioka Collection

「雲鶴茶碗 銘〈栗〉」朝鮮時代

Unkaku tea bowl “Kuri” from the Kingdom of Joseon

「備前茶入 銘〈霜夜〉」伊部手 江戸時代初期

Bizen tea caddy “Shimoyo” by Inbede from the early Edo period

Tea ceremony or Sado (the Way of Tea) is a Japanese cultural activity rich in tradition, with more to it than just simply enjoying a cup of warm tea. Sado is about hospitality, discipline and the art of life.

Shigenori Tomioka, the first president of Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd., once said that, “A tea bowl and a chasen (bamboo whisk) are all you need to enjoy your tea.” Perhaps, this maybe the reason why he has so many tea bowls as part of his collection, totaling up to over 50. The exhibition displays 20 selected tea bowls of Tomioka’s, including Japanese tea bowls created by Hisada Sozen (1647 – 1707) from the early Edo period and the 6th Rakuke, Sanyu (1683 – 1739), as well as ones from China and Korea. Other tea utensils such as chashaku (tea scoops), tea caddies and a hanging scroll to decorate the room will also be on exhibit.

Exhibition information

  • Date: March 1 (Wed) – April 28 (Fri), 2017
  • Time: 10:00 – 17:00 (Admission until 16:30)
  • Venue: Tomioka Shigenori Collection Gallery, 1F of Aizu Museum
  • Closed on Sundays and Holidays (*3/26 and 4/2 are exceptions)
  • Free admission
  • A gallery talk will be held on March 4 (Sat) from 13:00 – 13:30 in Japanese.

On display


Nogimeten tea bowl by Kenyou from the Southern Song Dynasty (13th Century)


Black cylindrical teal bowl “Biku” by Hisada Sozen


Bamboo tea scoop “Shouro” by Karasuma Mitsuhiro

List of items on display (in Japanese)

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