Kawase Shinobu receives a stipend from the Japanese government to help him preserve the techniques he practices for future generations.
Jars of this shape are known as guan (罐) in China. Historically, since they usually arrived in Japan containing rice wine, they were called sake jars, or shukaiko (酒会壷) in Japanese. The term implies that there is sufficient sake in the vessel for a group of people assembled for an occasion. The lotus leaf-shaped lid and ribbed sides recall Song-dynasty pieces of the 1100s to 1200s.
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