Do not eat beautiful things. Eat beautifully.

Kitaoji Rosanjin

Mizuya was started in 2009 by Kirk Vuillemot and Risa Sekiguchi, founders of the Japanese food and culture website Savory Japan, after repeated requests from readers about sourcing Japanese tableware. Since then, Mizuya has provided access to unique and beautiful Japanese tea and tableware—including ceramics, lacquerware and textiles—for devotees of Japanese cuisine and culture. Kirk and Risa met at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and have worked in the fields of Art and Architectural Preservation. Based in Chicago, they travel frequently to Japan to search for hidden treasures with their discerning eyes.

Mizuya (water room) is the Japanese term for the preparation area adjacent to a chashitsu (tea room.) It is a simple, often small, room with a source of water, a few shelves for the chawan and tea utensils needed for a tea ceremony. A mizuya tansu is a type of wooden cabinet made to house tableware, and is often found in Japanese kitchens.

Although we offer a small selection of select valuable antiques, we believe that beautiful objects should be used, not put on a shelf. In this, we are inspired by Yanagi Soetsu, the creator of the Mingei movement, and his mentor, William Morris, father of the Arts & Crafts movement.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful

William Morris

We hope you find something to add to your mizuya!

For more information, read the section on Moritsuke, the art of Japanese plating.