Hagi-yaki (Hagi ware) is a living, breathing tradition from Yamaguchi, southwest Japan. And it’s not every day that a Hagi ware tea set of this calibre becomes available.
In fact, Hagi ware’s origins lie partly in Korea. It all began in the early 17th century, when expert Korean potters were brought over to the Hagi area at the behest of a feudal lord.
Sakakura Shinbei XIV (1917-1975), the legendary creator of the Hagi ware tea set that you see here, was a 14th generation potter and descendant of one of the founders of Hagi pottery.
Recognizing Sakakura Shinbei XIV’s importance to the tradition, Yamaguchi prefecture honoured him as an important “human cultural treasure” in 1972.
What This Hagi Ware Tea Set Includes
The set consists of a brewing/serving pot with built-in strainer and 6 individual tea cups. Each piece is a beautiful expression of the studied simplicity that is characteristic of Hagi ware.