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Carps in the Sky

Carps in the Sky

Mid-range porcelain, carving, Sgraffito, underglaze and glaze painting

Hanafuda Sake drinking game set

Hanafuda Sake drinking game set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, carving, underglaze and glaze painting, gold luster

How to play

The Hanafuda Sake drinking game set is a functional game device. Historically there are many sake-drinking games in Japan: this is a modified version of a performance game with special dice that I designed.

 

This game can be played with several people or two (perfect for your second date). First, you roll the dice and see what you get. The dice indicates six ideograms as below:

 

“(“small”) with purple Hagi flowers

” (“medium”) with Japanese maple leaves

” (“large”) with chrysanthemum flowers

” (“sing”) with an Uguisu bird on plum branch, you have to sing a song

” (“dance”) with butterflies and peony flower, you have to perform a dance

” (“strip”) with cherry blossom, you have to strip one article of clothing

Once you get the instruction on the dice (there is English for each Japanese ideogram on the saucer), find your cup on the saucer, finish the sake, and perform the task if you get one. For example, if you get “strip”, don’t just take off your socks – a Burlesque style striptease would be fun, while other players cheer. Once you complete the task, the next player rolls the dice.

Hanafuda Sake drinking game set, detail

Hanafuda Sake drinking game set, detail

Gilded cage

Gilded cage

Mid-range porcelain, wheel-thrown and a hand-build part, Sgraffito, carving, Gold luster

"'Til the death do us apart" married couple Yunomi set

"'Til the death do us apart" married couple Yunomi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, carving

It is very common for a Japanese couple to receive a pair Yunomi cups for their anniversary. A pair yunomi signifies the harmony and unification, a sign of happy marriage life. When my parents' 43th anniversary came up, I designed this as a joke (of course I won't show this to them).

Despite their long, happy marriage as a result of romance, my parents have been bickering on each other every day. The subjects varies from day to day, but the continuous theme is that "Why you?" for the last 43 years. This made me think about their marriage, not just the surface layer to show to the society, but the deep, private acceptance and resignation. The crane is a symbol of happiness, marriage, and longevity in Asia, and their monogamy has been praised and used to teach young couples as a perfect way to go. But I wonder if what we see in the behavior of a married couple to us is what they feel, there must be so much more that only they share.

Now I have been happily married for eight years, there so much more for me to learn, observe, and accept. This theme of love and marriage is a great inspiration to me, and this set is one of the pieces that bring me a satisfaction.

Thank god that my parents don't understand English or owning Internet (by choice, they used to have it until one day it became the theme of their argument).

Old Maiden's Jar

Old Maiden's Jar

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, carving, rainbow luster

"Mubyo" yunomi

"Mubyo" yunomi

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

French berry jar

French berry jar

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Ocean and land harvest sushi set

Ocean and land harvest sushi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Hydrangea teapot

Hydrangea teapot

Mid-range porcelain, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Silver lining cloud drinking set

Silver lining cloud drinking set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, carving and glaze painting, silver luster

Silver lining cloud drinking set, detail

Silver lining cloud drinking set, detail

The lid is also a bottomless cup.

Bamboo bourbon cups

Bamboo bourbon cups

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Hydrangea plate

Hydrangea plate

Mid-range porcelain, carving, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage

Wheel-thrown with a hand-built parts, carved, Sgraffito, glaze painting, and gold luster

The Donut Thief

The Donut Thief

Wheel thrown, carved, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Hydrangea tumbler

Hydrangea tumbler

Wheel-thrown, Carved, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Goldfish mugs

Goldfish mugs

Mid-range Porcelain, wheel-thrown, carving, Sgraffito, glaze painting

"Give and Take" Yunomi cup

"Give and Take" Yunomi cup

Mid-range Porcelain, wheel-thrown, carving, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Hyper Demitasse cup

Hyper Demitasse cup

Mid-range Porcelain, wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, underglaze and glaze painting

Orchid Jar

Orchid Jar

Wheel-thrown with a hand-built part, Sgraffito

Sasanoha leaves Sushi set

Sasanoha leaves Sushi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown and altered, Sgraffito

"Medeta zukushi" Sushi set

"Medeta zukushi" Sushi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Carps in the Sky

Mid-range porcelain, carving, Sgraffito, underglaze and glaze painting

Hanafuda Sake drinking game set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, carving, underglaze and glaze painting, gold luster

How to play

The Hanafuda Sake drinking game set is a functional game device. Historically there are many sake-drinking games in Japan: this is a modified version of a performance game with special dice that I designed.

 

This game can be played with several people or two (perfect for your second date). First, you roll the dice and see what you get. The dice indicates six ideograms as below:

 

“(“small”) with purple Hagi flowers

” (“medium”) with Japanese maple leaves

” (“large”) with chrysanthemum flowers

” (“sing”) with an Uguisu bird on plum branch, you have to sing a song

” (“dance”) with butterflies and peony flower, you have to perform a dance

” (“strip”) with cherry blossom, you have to strip one article of clothing

Once you get the instruction on the dice (there is English for each Japanese ideogram on the saucer), find your cup on the saucer, finish the sake, and perform the task if you get one. For example, if you get “strip”, don’t just take off your socks – a Burlesque style striptease would be fun, while other players cheer. Once you complete the task, the next player rolls the dice.

Hanafuda Sake drinking game set, detail

Gilded cage

Mid-range porcelain, wheel-thrown and a hand-build part, Sgraffito, carving, Gold luster

"'Til the death do us apart" married couple Yunomi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, carving

It is very common for a Japanese couple to receive a pair Yunomi cups for their anniversary. A pair yunomi signifies the harmony and unification, a sign of happy marriage life. When my parents' 43th anniversary came up, I designed this as a joke (of course I won't show this to them).

Despite their long, happy marriage as a result of romance, my parents have been bickering on each other every day. The subjects varies from day to day, but the continuous theme is that "Why you?" for the last 43 years. This made me think about their marriage, not just the surface layer to show to the society, but the deep, private acceptance and resignation. The crane is a symbol of happiness, marriage, and longevity in Asia, and their monogamy has been praised and used to teach young couples as a perfect way to go. But I wonder if what we see in the behavior of a married couple to us is what they feel, there must be so much more that only they share.

Now I have been happily married for eight years, there so much more for me to learn, observe, and accept. This theme of love and marriage is a great inspiration to me, and this set is one of the pieces that bring me a satisfaction.

Thank god that my parents don't understand English or owning Internet (by choice, they used to have it until one day it became the theme of their argument).

Old Maiden's Jar

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, carving, rainbow luster

"Mubyo" yunomi

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

French berry jar

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Ocean and land harvest sushi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Hydrangea teapot

Mid-range porcelain, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Silver lining cloud drinking set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, carving and glaze painting, silver luster

Silver lining cloud drinking set, detail

The lid is also a bottomless cup.

Bamboo bourbon cups

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Hydrangea plate

Mid-range porcelain, carving, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Gilded Cage

Wheel-thrown with a hand-built parts, carved, Sgraffito, glaze painting, and gold luster

The Donut Thief

Wheel thrown, carved, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Hydrangea tumbler

Wheel-thrown, Carved, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Goldfish mugs

Mid-range Porcelain, wheel-thrown, carving, Sgraffito, glaze painting

"Give and Take" Yunomi cup

Mid-range Porcelain, wheel-thrown, carving, Sgraffito, glaze painting

Hyper Demitasse cup

Mid-range Porcelain, wheel-thrown, Sgraffito, underglaze and glaze painting

Orchid Jar

Wheel-thrown with a hand-built part, Sgraffito

Sasanoha leaves Sushi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown and altered, Sgraffito

"Medeta zukushi" Sushi set

Mid-range porcelain, Wheel-thrown, Sgraffito

Carps in the Sky
Hanafuda Sake drinking game set
Hanafuda Sake drinking game set, detail
Gilded cage
"'Til the death do us apart" married couple Yunomi set
Old Maiden's Jar
"Mubyo" yunomi
French berry jar
Ocean and land harvest sushi set
Hydrangea teapot
Silver lining cloud drinking set
Silver lining cloud drinking set, detail
Bamboo bourbon cups
Hydrangea plate
Gilded Cage
The Donut Thief
Hydrangea tumbler
Goldfish mugs
"Give and Take" Yunomi cup
Hyper Demitasse cup
Orchid Jar
Sasanoha leaves Sushi set
"Medeta zukushi" Sushi set