from the Kyoto Museum, a Teabowl with Brown and Black Glaze (Honan Tenmoku). In Japanese, the word for bowl is chawan, and most Japanese people use chawan every day to eat rice. The word chawan, however, does not mean "rice bowl," but "teabowl." This is because such bowls were originally used, not for rice, but for tea!
MICHITAKA FUKUNO, Black Saito Komon chawan
A 'Jian' 'hare's fur' teabowl, Song dynasty
TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM - Collections The TNM Collection ceramics Tea bowl, oido type. Enlarge