KUMO : A Celebration of Skill and Tradition. This style of ceramic painting, called “Kakizume”, represents the continuation of Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. “Kumo” is T.Nishikawa & Co., Inc.’s brand of this popularly produced Kiyomizu Ware with Kakizume painting. The use of this fine quality ceramic ware, combining firmness and lightness, will produce years of satisfying experiences. And as a gift it will be a gem of rare delight.
KAYORI : Finding Delight in Brilliance. In the process of inheriting a technique, a little revision and recombination can expose delightful new methods. This creative path has always played a role in the long history of Kyoto. “Kayori” boldly adopts Western hues and motifs and unexpectedly recombines traditional tea sets. They hope that you, too, find delight in this, the lively spirit of Kyoto.
MITATE : The Experience of Landscape. The overlapping of glazes creates an expression of the infinite. Called “Keshiki” (landscape) in the world of the tea ceremony, it has been likened to the often-changing landscape of Japan. Not merely reproducing scenery in color and form, this style of ceramic ware embodies the perception of nature itself.
T.Nishikawa & Co., Inc. presents “Mitate”, a brand of Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware inspired by the experience of landscape. Please enjoy the beauty of these items. It is a beauty produced by the projection of the abundant experience of Kyoto’s seasons upon the five senses. The more it is used, the more it will evoke fascination.
About The Company
T. NISHIKAWA & Co., Inc. is located in the Gojozaka quarter, famous for its many kilns and ateliers of Kiyomizu Ware, in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. Since its establishment in 1917, the company has been promoting Kiyomizu Ware and exporting it worldwide. Teizaburo Nishikawa, founder of the company, introduced Kiyomizu Ware at the Brussels World Fair in 1958.
Teizaburo’s son, Keitaro, enlarged the export business and expanded it to a wide variety of traditional Japanese crafts and commodities. Today, Kayoko, Keitaro’s daughter, has inherited the business and continues promoting the charm of the Japanese culture and Kiyomizu Ware, the representative brand of Kyoto, all over the world.
With its over 100 years of history, T. NISHIKAWA & Co., Inc. is committed to doing its utmost to promote Kiyomizu Ware and Japanese traditions. In Japan, there are three motifs that symbolize the beauty of nature: snow, the moon and flowers. The logo of T. Nishikawa & Co., Inc. represents their three brands, each one patterned after one of these different aspects of nature.
To better respond to their customers’ needs, they offer the service of developing original designs and export a variety of Japanese traditional goods: Kiyomizu Ware, tea ceremony utensils, cast iron commodities, Japanese kimono, lacquer ware, Buddhist items and antique ware, along with general gift items.