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Handmade matcha tea bowl decorated with a hand-painted dragon. The bowl is coated with ash glaze (haiyū). In Japanese folklore, the dragon is a benevolent, protective creature, and the symbol of power, courage and good luck. The dragon is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon which usually brings success, prosperity, and growth. Kyo or Kiyomizu pottery looks back on 400 years of history and is now a symbol of Kyoto. To serve the desire of Aristocrats, tea masters, and culinary specialists of the era, Kyo or Kiyomizu pottery has incorporated design and artistry not only from Japan but also from China and the Korean Peninsula. Even up to now exquisite artistry and excellent craftsmanship are the core qualities of Kyo ware: each piece is modeled and decorated carefully by hand.