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SOBACHOCO MEIJIDOBANKARAKOZU


These cups portray young Chinese children of Tang-dynasty China. We give a modern twist to this traditional motif, which was only allowed to be produced by an imperial Hirado-clan kiln in Nagasaki during the Edo period, and reproduce the copperplate transfer printing techniques of the Meiji period.

Playing Under the Pine
A commonly found copperplate, this motif shows children playing under auspicious pine trees.

Hall of One-Hundred Children
This pattern shows many children line up in a row and is thought to refer to the imperial examinations of Tang-dynasty China.

Musician Through the Window (Gakujin)
This piece gets its name from gakujin, the ancient musicians of the imperial court.

Scattered
The expressions of these ancient children, scattered across the outer surface of these cups, have a certain je ne sais quoi.

Lion Dance
In China, it is believed that the lion dance brings people good fortune and wards off evil.


Color

Playing Under the Pine

Hall of One-Hundred Children

Musician Through the Window (Gakujin)

Scattered

Lion Dance

Price¥ 1,300
Size

φ8×H6.1cm / 170cc

Material

Porcelain

Maker

Nishiyama

Area

Hasami



Additional Information

Dishwasher and microwave safe. The pattern is printed onto Japanese paper, which is then transferred to the surface of the ceramic via transfer paper and fired at low temperatures. One of the characteristics of copperplate transfer printing is the blurring, blotting, bleeding, or other discoloration of the porcelain. We ask that you enjoy these subtle differences as charming quirks to the products.


The soba choco, whose trapezoidal shape has gone unchanged in the 400 years since its invention, traces its origins to Hizen (present-day Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures), which is home to the port of Imari, from which Imari porcelain spread throughout Japan.
Contrary to its name, the soba choco was never intended for soba. It was originally used as a small bowl to hold side dishes such as sashimi, salads, and shiokara preserve at celebrations and kaiseki meals. It wasn’t until the Edo period that soba become popular among the general public. People would often use their soba choco to indulge in a quick aperitif called sobamae before filling it with dipping sauce for soba, a tradition that soon caught on across Japan. Huge numbers of designs were created, reflecting the trends and culture of the eras in which they were made.
Baba Shoten fires its ceramics in the town of Hasami, Nagasaki, a cradle of porcelain manufacturing in Japan. We deliver a wide variety of soba choco that utilize a rich history of techniques unique to the Hasami area. Culture and craftsmanship in every cup.