TENTOH MUSHI (handcrafted Kyusu: 340ml)

Dimension: 340ml (11.97fl oz)
Sophisticated Tokoname Yaki
Made by Shoji Umehara

Mr. Umehara was born in 1945. He is a traditional craftsman certified by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. It is said that his woodturning technique is one of the best in Japan's Kyusu industry.

This Kyusu is one of Mr. Umehara's best selling items for more than 15 years. This Kyusu has a unique beauty that is quite sophisticated because of the design of the ladybird, also known as ladybug. TENTOH MUSHI of this Kyusu name means ladybird or ladybug in Japanese.

This Kyusu is very thin and lightweight. The weight is 5.46oz (155g), which is about half the weight of most Kyusu of the same size. However, the clay is extremely strong. It requires a precise woodturning technique, therefore these special Kyusu are created only by the hand of skilled artisans and cannot be mass produced. Many craftsmen are not willing to make thin Kyusu because of the time and effort involved. However, it is traditionally said in the Tokoname region that the thinner and more lightweight, the higher the grade of Kyusu. The highest grade of Kyusu are extremely thin and lightweight. Even in the Tokoname region, Mr. Umehara's Kyusu is of extremely high quality.

Whole parts of this Kyusu, body, lid, handle, handle of lid, pour spout, and so on are specially designed in the motif of ladybird and harmonized well. Decorations on the surface are painted and scraped by hand. It also requires meticulous care and delicate technique to scrape the surface of extremely thin Kyusu because the tool can easily pass through the clay. The filter is made of earthenware clay and specially designed as flat as possible in order that used tea leaves will not get caught in the filter when the tea leaves are disposed. The handle is designed to fit comfortably in your hand and enable you to pour easily.

You will certainly look forward to brewing tea in this artful and elegant Kyusu created by a certified traditional craftsman. The fact that this has been one of Mr. Umehara's best selling items for more than 15 years is proof of its quality and unique beauty.

This is the most popular and convenient size, perfect for 1 - 3 people.
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!

Price

US$118.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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Tokoname Yaki

Kyusu produced in the Tokoname region in the Aichi Prefecture account for 30 to 40 percent of the market share in Japan. The Kyusu industry has developed in Tokoname because fine particle soil which contains a lot of iron has been mined there for many hundreds of years.
Tokoname Yaki artisans are traditionally known for excelling in the woodturning technique. The Tokoname woodturning technique is said to be the best in Japan. Tokoname Yaki can be produced thinly, exquisitely or decoratively.
The surface of Tokoname Yaki are generally vermilion or black in color. The vermilion color is due to iron that is contained in the local soil. The black color is created by placing carbon on the surface of the Kyusu. When this is heated to a high temperature, the iron and carbon create a black color.
Tokoname Yaki are made from fine particle soil and heated to a high temperature, so that they are quite strong.

Directions

- It is best to wash this item using only tepid water or mild chlorine-free dish washing detergent.
- If necessary, you may occasionally use a chlorine detergent. In that case, after using the chlorine detergent, we recommend you boil this item in water to remove the chlorine smell.
- When turning the Kyusu to pour tea, you must hold the lid in place with your finger, otherwise the lid could fall off the pot and possibly get damaged. This is the usual way to pour tea with a Kyusu.
- A clear plastic guard is placed over the tip of the Kyusu spout to protect the spout from breakage during transport. Before use, please remove the plastic guard.

Customer Review

No. Author Country Rating Read Date Added
01. Irina Kuul Russian Federation
142 04/14/2014
02. Ashley Robinson Switzerland
316 04/25/2013
03. Robert Bellehumeur Canada
300 04/17/2013
04. Nam Dao United States
368 01/28/2013
05. Jim Kuan Australia
849 05/01/2012

Current Reviews: 5 

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