Serious collectors of tea-ceremony artifacts are likely to have a Raku bowl in their collections. The Raku Museum displays more than 1,000 bowls and vessels of astonishing beauty. As a potter's term in the West, raku refers to a low-temperature firing technique, but the word originated with this family, which made exquisite tea bowls for use in the shogun's tea ceremonies. The museum is to the east of Horikawa-dori, three blocks south of Imadegawa-dori; take the
Karasuma subway line to Imadegawa Station or Bus 9 or 12 to Ichi-jo-modori-bashi.