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Cocorozashi Toubou (studio); Dishes that Can Feel the Fresh Summer Time. Let’s Bring the Breeze of Okinawa to Dining Tables
post : 2017.06.07 18:00
Dishes with white background and blue colored pattern. These are "Kachibe series" of dishes produced by Cocorozashi Toubou.
Kachibe is the seasonal wind which blows south-southwesterly from late-June to July. When it blows, it is the sign of beginning the summer season in Okinawa.
White background represents the sky with clouds, and blue colored pattern describes the wind coursing through the giant sky. The magnificence and fresh dishes remind of the summer of Okinawa, and they represent Cocorozashi Toubou.
Its name “Kachibe” was named by Kazufumi Miyazawa, the former vocalist of a band “THE BOOM.” These dishes make dining tables casual and colorful.
He is Futoshi Nagahama from Cocorozashi Toubou. He was born and raised in Yomitan Village. He owns this studio in his hometown, and he loves his hometown very much lol He studied with Terumasa Tamamoto, the pottery artist from one of the popular studios called Yuntanza Pottery. Nagahama cherishes the technique of making pottery, materials and tradition of Okinawa. On the other hand, he also incorporates easy-to-use and brand-new style of pottery which can be adapted to modern lifestyle.
He is very tall and looks like a baseball player, and it is hard to imagine from his physique that he makes perfect dishes with his sensitive hand movement. It came from his long experience on making potteries, and people might fall for those purity and gorgeous dishes that he made instantly.
“Pottery is the dishes for daily use. I want to make something that are easy to use and can be attached while using it many times.”
After trial and error, Nagahama learned to pay attention even to small details on making pottery including its process, preparation of glaze, and firing. Black manganese glaze, the traditional colored glaze, is used to color dishes. It is made of manganese that was gathered up at farms in Yomitan Village. Nagahama said “The soul of Yomitan is in it!” and showed me manganese proudly lol
Nagahama turned on flames of a kiln just to show me lol
Especially! Nagahama’s dishes are very useful, and I recognized it after I used them. Most dishes are thick. However, since his dishes are thin enough and in good shapes, they are suitable for daily use. Also, they are big enough and simple design, so foods look good with it! Their texture and smoothness are good, so people never get tired of using them.
This is “Vintage Series” from Cocorozashi Toubou, and we can see its appearance within the whiteness. The simpleness brings up the food itself, and able to enjoy layout of the food. The coloration of dish itself is also fun to look at, so I enjoy using this series of dishes.
“Experiment! Experiment!” Nagahama said. It is understandable that he enjoys the process of making pottery. He is absolutely the challenger who tries new things. He is very cool and has high ambition!!
By the way, when he talks about his passion for pottery with his Yomitan accent and dishes that he makes, I can also feel a relaxed atmosphere of Yomitan Village. Would you like to find your favorite user-friendly dishes at Cocorozashi Toubou? They would be the best souvenir for you.
Address: 1622-3 Sobe, Yomitan Village
【List of shops that Nagahama’s dishes are available at】
●mofumona no zakka
Address: 2-1-29-301 Ginowan, Ginowan City
Business hours: 13:00-19:00
Closed: Tue & Wed
● Kaisou Heiwadori Store No. 1
Address: 3-1-18 1F Makishi, Naha City
Business hours: 9:00-21:00
Closed: open throughout the year
● Yomitan Village Kyodo Hanbai Center
Address: 2723-1 Zakimi, Yomitan Village
Business hours: 9:00-18:00
Okinawa CLIP photo writer 0173 (Reina Chinen)