My name is Axel and I reside in the southern half of the Netherlands. Thirty years old at the time of writing and living with my girlfriend, stepson and since October 5th, 2019 my first child, a beautiful baby boy named Isaac.
I started collecting Japanese tea bowls or chawan a little over 10 years ago, that interest then grew to any and all Chanoyu related articles (vases, platters, kogo etc). It was only when I realized owning and collecting objects from Japan was actually possible and to acquire items with relative ease; did I really start the lifelong study of Japan and all it entails. Since those days my collection grew exponentially and since little over a year have been working on this website in a (perhaps folly), attempt to scale down.
In the course of 2019, I found out I was going to be a father. After this revelation my priorities (and storage space & funds for tea ware), have undergone a major shift. I am finding out my Chanoyu collection and related objects have to take a step back and this is why I started this site. Any funds from relocation of tea ware and related objects will be invested into the family.
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written during the course of 2019