morning feast,linen & white porcelains

This morning, we attended a breakfast feast
at a cafe named Koujitsu-kyo in Okazaki, Kyoto.
The main dish to be served was Chagayu,
(boiled rice= a kind of risotte  in Japanese smoky tea) ,
by traditional recipes from Ryujin -mura,
which is a remote small village located in mountain area
of Wakayama prefecture in Japan.

In Ryujin-mura, every household raises their own tea trees,
and produce home-made tea leaves,
and also the Chagayu is a most popular dish there.

The tea used for Chagayu is a traditionally smoked Japanese tea,
in which a kind of green rawness still exists.

A small side dish with pickles was also served along Chagayu.
Unfortunately I missed to take an image of Chagayu,because I was too hungry!!


Instead I took this image,of  a green tea served with a dessert,
Ginger jelly with plum sylop.
All  foods were served on beautiful white porcelains,
which I first thought antique items from Korea,
but they were works by contemporary porcelain artist, Junya Nakamura.

I was surprised to find he was the man who was serving those Chagayu for us.
(I ashamed how my mind was full for foods only, by then)

As far as I knew, modern white porcelains tend to be sophisticated,
thin and keen, sometimes, too much.
However, I adored Nakamura's porcelains for its primitiveness
 in form and soft touch on hands,
 in the delicate elegance that  the white porcelain has essentially.

He told he forms his porcelains while the clay is rather soft,
as he also loves the primitive irregularity in form.

Additionally, the white colour gains delicate variations from creamy
white to blueish or greyish white.

I was given to know it depends on where to place the each item in the oven.