Japanese Estates: Tokutomi Pipe Co. Smooth Bent Dublin Sitter (Yuki) (2012) (Unsmoked)

Product Number: 004-007-0521

Crafted by Yuki, Hiroyuki Tokutomi's exceptionally talented daughter, this bent Dublin seems to hold some loyalty to the Danish modern - the teardrop shank, for instance, or the flaring shank face, or even more abstractly, the arched rim (here innovatively turned 90-degrees) - though taken forward by the new generation of Japanese pipe makers, infused with more current culture trends, and negating the length and flow that the Danes suggest. I believe a more contemporary interpretation might read as drawing between the organic nature of the Wabi-sabi style and the mindset of the modern Japanese aesthetic phenomenon, known as "kawaii". In Japanese, "kawaii" literally means "loveable" or "cuteness"; it's a secondary meaning would be comparable to "cool", "groovy","desirable", and "innocence".

It has become prominent in their popular culture, as of late, seen in entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms; aesthetics, after all, are nearly inseparable from anything else in Asian. Here one can see the asymmetricality, simplicity, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes characteristically known to the traditionalist movement Wabi-sabi, but crafted with a pristine refinement in line, and shrunk to a the likeness of a personified toy, stylistically recalling the most neo-pop, kitsch laden Japanese animes.

-Seth Ellison-

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Measurements & Other Details

STAMPING:
TOKUTOMI PIPE {arched}
COMPANY {arched}
Yuki
Japan
2012

Condition: 5/5 Unsmoked
  • Length: 4.31 in./109.47 mm.
  • Weight: 1.60 oz./45.36 g.
  • Bowl Height: 1.90 in./48.26 mm.
  • Chamber Depth: 1.53 in./38.86 mm.
  • Chamber Diameter: 0.71 in./18.03 mm.
  • Outside Diameter: 1.74 in./44.20 mm.
  • Stem Material: Vulcanite
  • Filter: None
  • Shape: Bent Dublin
  • Finish: Smooth
  • Material: Briar
  • Country: Japan

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