Three Bowls

Our Humble Collection of Japanese Cups and Bowls (Podcast 739)

Today I share 15 images of our humble collection of Japanese cups and bowls, many of which are the embodiment of Wabi-Sabi and the Japanese aesthetic.

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Joseph M Johnson
    Posted at 06:12h, 01 May Reply

    Martin, I very much enjoyed this post. Your photography brilliantly emphasizes the beauty of your family’s “humble” bowl collection. Thank you for teaching me about Wabi Sabi.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:15h, 01 May Reply

      Hi Joe!

      It’s great to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by.

      I’m pleased you enjoyed this post too.


  • Ulana Switucha
    Posted at 08:07h, 01 May Reply

    Hi Martin, That was worth the wait. What a feast of colour and texture!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:16h, 01 May Reply

      Thanks, Ulana! I’m really pleased you enjoyed this.

      All the best!


  • Mary
    Posted at 00:52h, 02 May Reply

    Lovely. As a fan of Japanese ceramics (and cuisine) as well as photography, I enjoyed this post. Although I have to say that your expensive lacquer ware bowls are particularly stunning (though neither ceramic or imperfect)!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:59h, 07 May Reply

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for the comment! I couldn’t agree more. Those two bowls are perfect in every way. A tribute to Japanese craftsmanship. Both nicely done wabi-sabi-ness, and this level of perfection, are pretty hard to achieve.


  • Sue
    Posted at 16:35h, 03 May Reply

    Loved this post, Martin. I lived in Japan for a short while in 1993 and have travelled there many times since and love my collection of lacquerware, bowls, cups etc. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jay Tuttle
    Posted at 05:21h, 04 May Reply

    I love these Martin. If you haven’t come across it, I’m guessing you’d enjoy Andrew Juniper’s book ‘Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence’.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:00h, 07 May Reply

      Thanks, Jay! I’ve not heard of that book. I’ll have to keep my eye out for a copy. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • Luc
    Posted at 10:39h, 11 May Reply

    Beautiful, I enjoyed hearing the specific use for each one.

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