height: 3.94inch (10cm), diameter: 3.35inch (8.5cm), capacity: 80g tea leaves
Traditional Yamanaka Nuri lacquer craft
Chazutsu is specially designed to keep your green tea fresh.
Yamanaka Nuri is well known for high quality lacquer ware. Yamanaka is located in Ishikawa Prefecture and faces the Sea of Japan. It is about 200km (124miles) from Kyoto, which had been the MIYAKO capital of Japan for over a thousand years. There are many sophisticated works in Yamanaka Nuri lacquer craft.
This lacquered wood container is crafted following Japanese tradition. The wood is from the Japanese Zelkova tree, known in Japan as KEYAKI. Japanese artisans use KEYAKI for traditional wooden lacquer because the wood is strong and the grain is quite beautiful. It is the ideal surface on which to apply traditional Japanese lacquer. This Chazutsu is designed quite simply to maximize the beauty of the wood grain.
With traditional Japanese wooden lacquer, it is especially difficult to fit the body and lid so closely. It requires enormous effort and technique. The wood is carefully dried for several years to ensure that it is completely dry. When the artisan carves the wood, the expansion and contraction by wood grain are factored into the calculation.
This Chazutsu is coated with lacquer four times. Lacquer craft gains the deepness of color and shine and increases in intensity with each new layer or coat of lacquer. This Chazutsu is made from only natural wood and lacquer material grown in the local area and crafted by traditional techniques passed down for many generations.
The name of this Chazutsu refers to a tea jar with a special shape or form. TSUBO means tea jar, and GATA means shape or form in Japanese. It is said that it is very difficult even for the veteran craftsman to form wood into a complex shape like this. Besides, body, lid, and inner lid, also must fit into the spherical shape. It requires fine-drawn and accurate techniques.
This Chazutsu is very beautiful and spreads gracefulness around, so this is also suitable for display in your home or office.
The capacity is 70 to 80g for loose leaf tea.
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Made in Japan.
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