"Hotoke antiques offers the acme of refined Japanese taste - at astonishingly low prices."
----- Walter H. Ulrich (Japanese interpreter, Vienna, Austria)
"High quality antique dealer, beautiful website and enchanting items! "
----- Yna van der Meulen ( editor, KLEI keramisch magazine, Netherlands / http://www.klei.nl )
".....Professional, prompt and perfect!....these are the words that best describe Hotoke antiques. They always set the standard for a perfect transaction and i very much look forward to my next with them......respectfully."
----- Glenn E. Doell ( owner, Curtis Elliott Designs,ltd. USA / http://cedltd.com )
"Being an avid collector of Japanese antiques along the way I discovered this most knowledgeable, refined and educated Japanese dealer Dai from Hotoke Antiques. I have purchased select items from him over the past 2 years and have been extremely delighted with my purchases. Dai is an expert in his field and takes the time and iniative to inform his customers the pertinent information, circa, and history of all the pieces he sells. Dai also has a great eye to offer only the most desirable pieces. I totally recommend his company plus his shipping and packing services are superb since I am located in the United States. International buyers will only be happy with his expertise."
----- Erik J. Erikson ( artist, USA )
"Excellent selection, Great dealer "
----- Johannes Wieninger ( curator, Vienna, Austria http://www.wieninger.com )
"I always find the selection of ceramics at Hotoke Antiques to be very insightful and historically provocative."
----- Doug Navarra ( potter, NY, USA / http://akardesign.com/creators/moreinfo.asp?iCreatorID=724 )
"It's always a real pleasure to correspond with Dai at Hotoke Antiques. He's friendly, knowledgeable and always provides the fullest details about each piece, as well as excellent photographs. Highly recommended."
----- Jon Morgan (creative director, Singapore)
"Great stuff. Excellent service. A learning experience. Thank you!"
----- Tom Sachs (artist, New York, USA / http://www.tomsachs.org )
"Specially, I really love the bowl (Yama-chawan with kintsugi) from hotoke antiques. Of course this bowl is a collectible item but I use it every day in my chado. Every tea items selected by Dai have powerful and mysterious presence in the same time, but unfortunately I can't buy all of them ! Thank you so much dear Dai for your kindness, the accurate pictures and the great communication. You are an esthete and a very conscientious seller."
----- Jean Frederic Coviaux ( artist, France / http://jeanfredericcoviaux.blogspot.jp )
"For many years I have had an interest in Japanese art and aesthetics, and in a professional capacity I have been involved in several exhibitions of craft work from Japan. I have discovered, as a consequence, that it is not always easy to understand, except superficially, some of the basic concepts of 'beauty" that are central to the Japanese way of seeing things. Recently, however, I have discovered Hotoke Antiques, and this has become easier. Dai Okumura's eye for 'Mingei' and 'wabi' objects is extraordinary, and the way he photographs them is outstanding. Somehow, when you consider the pieces that Dai has chosen, you get clearer insights into Japanese culture and, more particularly, into the ideas that Soetsu Yanagi wrote about many years ago in 'The Unknown Craftsman' (probably the best-known book in English on Japanese craft practice). Dai's taste is exceptional."
----- John Hutchinson (curator, Ireland)
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Japanese & Oriental Art at Hotoke Antiques
by Mark Robinson on January 17, 2013
A selection of beautiful bowls and antiques from a shop called Hotoke, located in Isumi, Japan. Their website yesterday offered a great amount of inspiration, particularly on the ceramic side of things, but I was also interested in the other objects that had cultural significance to the orients. This comes of great value to me after studying Soetsu Yanagi and reading the fantastic book that is ‘The Unknown Craftsman’, also getting more involved in the Mingei movement. It makes sense to respect these items for their longevity and character, also you have to admire the form in all of the pieces, they’re made exquisitely to stand the test of time.
Hotoke is quite a specialist location and is mainly for collectors or connoisseurs, not necessarily a theme I’m a admirer of as I don’t agree with singling out one particular ‘high end’ group, but to me this is more of a museum setting with the significane of each object being high. Their main speciality revolves around practical ceramics such as chawan and the other forms of tea ceremony ware, a lot of which you can see here with the tea caddy and various tea bowls. To be honest they’ve based the theme on the concept of “Wabi” or “Mingei”, that I touched on above. Wabi being things that are fresh and simple, denoting simplicity and quietude, also incorporating rustic beauty. Mingei meaning “folk arts” or “arts of the people”, so these two concepts merge nicely and lead to a stunning collection of goods.
Pointing out a few items that I’m personally fond of, one of the more unusual objects that is the ‘Fish Yokogi’ shown in the sixth image. It’s an antique wooden adjustable fish-shaped lock or pothook that can be used for cooking, it would allow the pot or kettle to be raised or lowered into a traditional sunken hearth. I love the carving on it and the well-used look, it gives it a unique character and quirkiness. I’m also a massive admirer of the bowl above, it features beautiful graining and a wonderful form, you could also say the same about the ‘White Bowl of Choson’ in the third image down. This is an antique Korean white porcelain bowl with kintsugi, the art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold. I’ve never heard of this before but the technique apparently dates back to the late 15th century and stems from the Japanese craftsmen looking for a more aesthetical means of repair. Maybe one day soon I’ll write about this more in-depth, for now I’ll trust you’ll visit Hotoke and check out what they have to offer. You’re sure to get inspired.