ASAHIYAKI - Japanese ceramic house
ASAHIYAKI is one of the oldest ceramic houses in Japan. Established along the Uji River in Kyoto Prefecture for over four hundred years, 16 generations of kiln-masters have succeeded each other in passing on and enriching the family heritage of this manual skill.
The Uji River - cradle of Japanese tea culture
Source of inexhaustible water for tea plant cultivation and clay for the manufacture of ceramic objects, the Uji RIver has made the eponymous region the cradle of Japanese tea culture.
ASAHIYAKI clay, mined from the Uji River, is stored for half a century before use. Thus, each generation of craftsmen works with a material that was mined by their ancestors, and the clay mined today will be used by future generations. This poetic process enhances the natural properties of the clay and its low level of heat conductivity, ideal for the manufacture of tea utensils.
ASAHIYAKI’s unique aesthetic is largely derived from the kiln-process. The first ASAHIYAKI kiln, built in the 16th century,
is to be found among the Seven Enshu Kilns, a list of the best Japanese pottery kilns created by Kobori Enshu, the Japanese tea ceremony master.
Since then, new kilns have been built, each of them giving to the clay various variations in color and texture, while preserving the characteristic marbled effect of the house.
Uji tea culture
Over the centuries and cultural changes, the house mainly focused on bowls for tea ceremony (matcha) in concert with the tea masters of the Uji area, has diversified. Teapots, cups and yuzamashi were born with the advent of Sencha and Guyguro in the region during the Edo period. Today, Master Yusuke Matsubayashio continues his ancestors’ master-craftsmanship legacy and continues to celebrate the tea-tasting experience with contemporary appeal.