For the longest time, Ichi Kitahara, student of Hiroyuki Tokutomi and the man to whom Reiichi Kurusu refers to as ”Jikkei”
(older brother), didn’t make a Tomato. Clearly, given the stunning Solanaceae
presently in front of you, that’s no longer the case, but this interpretation is still only the second we have received. Now I find myself simultaneously trying to figure out why we haven’t seen more from him, as well as hoping that we see a lot more.
The bowl and shank interact in an amazing manner; the under travel of the former creating cheeks, not to simply “be cheeky” (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but to greatly enhance the visual impact of the disc, moreover it does so in such an adroitly subtle manner. Often, to a greater or lesser extent, a Tomato will exude a sense of the serpentine; with a flattened bowl and a sinuous arc it isn’t a hard association. In a total reversal of what I am accustomed to, I see a lot more of that spirit in the pictures than in person. The pronounced rise of the shank (compared to most of its brethren), combined with Kitahara-san’s more muted arc to the bit. Pictures #’s 1 & 2 emphasize the form and rearward travel of the shank, while the transverse profile #5 hides a bit of it, the difference is actually a bit starling. If you are fond of the Tomato shape, I think you owe it to yourself to give this one some consideration.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves