Gotta Go – Utsuwa Kenshin

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Asato Ikeda-san’s gorgeous pottery. I first came across these at Den in Jimbocho.

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Saké tastes better when served in something this beautiful.

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Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi of the Tobin Ohashi Gallery first introduced me to Kenshin Sato-san of Kenshin Utsuwa. When I asked chef Zaiyu Hasegawa-san of Den about these cups he too said that Kenshin Utsuwa would have these. I have been following Kenshin Utsuwa on Facebook as he  hosts many special events around the city. I contacted Sato-san and placed an order for the cups. Here I am picking up the cups and pourer. What I am holding is not what I bought, but a piece he had in his gallery.Image

Kenshin Utsuwa is a small, but well-stocked gallery in between Shibuya and Omotesando. I got lost finding it, so be sure to have a good map. This day there were several gorgeous pieces from a potter in Hokkaido.

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If you want to invest in some handcrafted pottery, be sure to visit Kenshin Utsuwa while in Tokyo. First though, call ahead and make sure the shop is open. As he hosts special showings throughout the city he often closes the gallery. The Kenshin Utsuwa Facebook page always is updated with his current shows.

Utsuwa Kenshin

http://www.utsuwa-kenshin.com

Shibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-3-4, Star Building 2F

Phone and Fax: 03-6427-9782

Facebook page

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Takahashi Souhonten in Kappabashi for Pottery and Ceramics

Noren (banner) at Takahashi Souhonten

Noren (banner) at Takahashi Souhonten

Takahashi Souhonten in Kappabashi

Takahashi Souhonten in Kappabashi

Takahashi has a wide selection of pottery including ramen bowls, teapots, teacups nabe hot pots, and plates and bowls.

Takahashi Souhonten 高橋総本店

Taito-ku, Nishi-Asakusa 1-5-10

Phone: 03-3845-1163

www.takaso.jp/contents/store/ceramic.html (Japanese)

Kappabashi – Pottery at Dengama

Kappabashi landmark

Kappabashi landmark

Dengama

Dengama

Near the Asakusa temple district is Kappabashi, an area where chefs and restaurateurs come to buy anything they need to set up shop. Open to the general public, it is a great destination for anyone who likes to cook at home. It is an easy area to navigate as most of the shops line a major street. There are several pottery shops, but one of my favorite is Dengama, just next to the police box (koban). The two floors of the shop offer everything from teapots, rice bowls, chopstick rests (hashioki), and much more. There is a shipping service, often next day. The shop is oven seven days a week.

Dengama 田窯

 

Nishi-Asakusa 1-4-3  台東区西浅草1−4−3

Tel. 03-5828-9355

www.kappabashi.or.jp/shops/101.html (Japanese)