Japanese ceramicist Mitsuya Niiyama created these one hundred ceramic pieces as interpretations of the poems of the Hyakunin Isshu.
The Hyakunin Isshu is a collection of one hundred poems composed between the 8th and 13th century CE and compiled in 1235. The collection was developed into a popular poem-recognition card game first introduced in the 17th century and still popular in Japan today. Written in the indigenous Japanese tanka (or waka) form using five lines with a set number of syllables, 5-7-5-7-7, these poems speak on the subjects of courtly and romantic love, nature, and spirituality.
Niiyama formed, decorated and inscribed each piece in relation to the themes of a specific poem from the compilation.Acknowledgments