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Japanese Tea Bowls (Chawan)
The primary aesthetic concept at the heart of traditional Japanese culture is the value of harmony in all things. The Japanese world view is nature-based and concerned with the beauty of studied simplicity and harmony with nature.

The tea ceremony is the serving of tea, symbolizing aesthetic simplicity and represents the fundamental Zen principles of harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. A central part of the ceremony is passing the tea bowl from hand to hand to be examined on all sides and admired before using.

A tea bowl is a shallow bowl without a handle that can comfortably be held in the palm of your hands. They are normally small, three to four inches high. They may be straight-sided, flared at the top, or even slightly irregular. Possibilities for finishing are: Leave the bowl crude and simple; give it a sophisticated design based on nature, applied with needle tool; make a geometric pattern or organic form such as a branch; press straw or an object to make an indentation in the surface.

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