A Badger (Tanuki) In My Kitchen 台所の豆狸

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I have been making real coffee first in the morning since I became a bachelor again. I broke the knob of my old kettle and it was replaced with a Shigaraki mame-danuki (a small badger or a racoon dog). I believe it came as a free gift with a big box of Japanese rice crackers ‘senbei’. I say ‘Good Morning’ to my mame-danuki sometimes as I don’t have anyone to talk to in the morning. Probably I should get a dog for my company.

独り暮らしの毎朝、起きてから何よりも一番先にすることと言えば、湯を沸かし、豆を挽きコーヒーを入れることです。壊れてしまった銅の古薬缶の蓋鈕を、小さな信楽の豆狸に換えて愛用しています。私の家では、鉄瓶、天秤量り、錫の紅茶ポット、古伊万里の皿や鉢が、新しい食器とともに、今でもバリバリの現役として活躍しています。

寂しい独身生活、犬でも飼おうかと考える今日この頃です。

About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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2 Responses to A Badger (Tanuki) In My Kitchen 台所の豆狸

  1. Chris D. says:

    I am sure the badger eats much less than a small dog and is much less awkward than fixing a dog to the top of your kettle.

    The blue and white dinnerware is elegant. Who is credited for making those wares?

    Thank you,
    Chris D.

    • Gas says:

      Almost all Blue and White porcelain dishes and bowls in my kitchen are late 18th and early19th century Imari. So I have to say they were made by anonymous potters 200 years ago. I enjoy using them everyday. I will show you more detailed Japanese pottery I have some time soon.

      Thanks for your comment on my previous post as well. I met Jack Troy over 10 years ago when he gave his speech for Ray Finch (UK potter) at Cheltenham in the U.K.
      Gas

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