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Take Hanaire: Rikyû’s Creation of the Bamboo Vase

Bamboo vases are often used at the tea ceremony. It is said that Rikyû made the first vase of bamboo at Nirayama in Izu, now in Shizuoka prefecture, during Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s pacification of Odawara in 1590.

These bamboo vases are made simply by cutting a bamboo trunk. However a designer can make changes through the way in which they cut windows into the natural bamboo. A bamboo vase reflects the essence of Rikyû’s Wabi-cha, as the product design can be mass produced using low cost material.

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