Kotobuki Trading Company Terra Green Ramen Bowls — Set of 2
Fired in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture, an area famous for its tablewares, these ohgigatadon-style ramen bowls are functional and contemporary. Hand-glazed with a stunning mottled/matte finish, the stoneware bowls are equal parts durable and elegant. The mossy color was inspired by Japan’s beautiful gardens and the easily stackable fan-shaped design—a sleeker take on the traditional shape—is a popular choice among Japan’s high-end eateries. The bowls come in a set of two.
Kotobuki Trading Company Clay Rice Cooker (Donabe)
A traditional piece of Japanese cooking equipment, a donabe is made from earthenware clay and maintains a gentle, even heat thanks to its thickness and the porous nature of the material. We love this one’s rich tenmoku finish (a classic pottery glazing style that dates to the 14th century), as well as its extra-heavy lid, which increases pressure to decrease cook time and ensure the rice steams properly. The vessel is often used to make rice dishes or other filling one-pot meals—for example, koge (scorched rice), in which the bits of rice in contact with the surface of the pot become crunchy and nutty as they overcook, which is difficult to make in a typical electric rice cooker.
Black Lion Tawashi Palm Brush — Set of 2
A staple in Japanese homes for over 100 years, these traditional tools made from tightly bound palm fibers are used primarily for cleaning fruits and vegetables as well as pots and pans without damaging their surfaces. Each brush is carefully tied and finished by hand and comes with a metal drying hook. The brushes bristles soften slightly when wet and are easily rinsed when you’re done cleaning. And the thing we love most about this brush is the smaller size— not only is it easier to grip, but smaller means it can better reach nooks and crannies. It’s tough on cooked-on food, but gentle enough to use on glass, enamel, nonstick, clay, cast iron and carbon steel surfaces. It can also be used with just warm water to scrub natural clay cookware that generally should not be cleaned with soap (so the soap smell doesn’t get absorbed by the porous clay). We recommend using a wash basin and solid soap (if you need to use soap for dishes and such) to create the best lather. Some discoloration of the dishwater is natural and will wash away cleanly. Set of two.
Kotobuki Trading Company Terra Green Rice Bowls (Set of 4)
These deep, minimalist bowls are ideal for rice, noodles or anything, really. They’re made from Japanese stoneware, a popular material for functional yet elegant tabletop items—as it falls somewhere between the utility of clay and the delicacy of porcelain. These bowls feature some hand-done glaze work and come in a lovely, earthy green hue with accents of the material’s natural brown peeking through. Comes in a set of four bowls.