Kato Seisho’s handpaint – The four classic plants (四君子) 清昌煎茶碗


SEISHO KATO Sencha Cup Set 6pcs Porcelain. Made in Kyoto, Japan.

Thin body, elegant shape. 

Seisho’s handpaint – the four classic plants (四君子)Orchid, chrysanthemum, plum and bamboo. 

This set of cups are designed for Senchado tea ceremony. 

In Japan, Thin white porcelain small cups are preferred to taste high grade green tea.

Because it shows color & shade of green tea, thickness of tea well.

And feeling of your lip when it touches the rim of the cup is good. 

The four classic plants (四君子) represent virtues and values through their individual characteristics, and are important motifs that symbolize nobility and moral beauty. For this reason, they are often depicted in crafts, paintings, and other works of art and are widely loved.

Meaning: The virtuous person is like an orchid. Blooming in the fragrant spring, it exudes the aroma of a ruler. Its refined and lofty appearance is likened to the dignity of a noble person.

Meaning: The noble person is like bamboo. With an upright and unyielding character, it symbolizes integrity and humility. Bamboo remains straight in the face of adversity, reflecting the strength of a virtuous individual.

Meaning: The person of virtue is like a pine tree. Evergreen and enduring, the pine represents constancy and steadfastness. Its resilience in the face of challenges parallels the unwavering character of an honorable individual.

 (Plum Blossom):
Meaning: The virtuous person is like a plum blossom. Blooming brightly in the cold winter, it signifies resilience and purity. The plum blossom’s beauty in adversity is a metaphor for the grace and strength of an honorable soul.

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