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Shimizu Kôshô (1911-1999)
Natsu chawan, summer tea bowl - Tanjô wafu, a breeze from heaven, Koi nobori, carp streamer
Signed: Kôshô
Technique: Grey crackled Karatsu style earthenware from Saga prefecture with an overglaze painting in red and green Ø 15,7 x 7
Condition: Some minimal wear of the overglazed red, otherwise good

Inscription, 天上和風, Tanjô wafu, a breeze from heaven

Shimizu Kôshô was born in Himeji. In 1927 he entered the Todai-ji in Nara. Upon graduating in Buddhist studies from Ryokoku University in 1933 he took up residence at the Tenryu-ji for four years to study and practice Zen under the guidance of the Abbot Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945). In 1947 he became director of Todai-ji High School. In 1959 he was appointed director of the Monks' Academy (Kangakuin) at Todai-ji, and in 1963 became director of Todai-ji Girls' School and Todai-ji Kindergarten. 1969 marked a turning point in Kôshô's career, when he was appointed Head of Religious Affairs of the Kegon Tradition. When in 1975 the abbot Kamitsukasa Kaiun (1907-1975) died Kôshô was chosen to be his successor, and he became the 208th abbot of Todai-ji. However, he already resigned in 1981.


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