KEYAKI NOKOME(handcrafted container;capacity80g)

Handcrafted container, diameter: 2.95inch (7.5cm), height: 4.13inch (10.5cm), capacity: 40g to 100g tea leaves
Traditional Yamanaka Nuri lacquer craft

Chazutsu is specially designed to keep your green tea fresh.

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.

Surface of this is decorated by unique traditional technique called NOKOME, which has been handed down for generations only in the Yamanaka region. NOKOME technique is carving wood in the reverse direction by a specially aligned plane. It is very difficult and requires long-established skill to finish uniformly and elegantly. NOKOME technique is not only difficult but also an ideal technique for lacquer crafts. This is why the Nokome technique is handed down for generations only in the Yamanaka region.

We are certain that this genuine traditional craft would enhance your green moment.

The capacity is 40g to 100g for loose leaf tea.
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Made in Japan.
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Yamanaka Nuri

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.


- If you feel uncomfortable with the smell of new lacquer ware before use, leave it in an airy room for a few days. The lacquer smell will disappear.
- Never soak lacquer ware in water for a long time.
- Never leave lacquer ware in direct sunlight or high humidity, to avoid the risk of transformation, discoloration and mold.
- If you find an oily spot or fingerprint on your product, wipe with a soft cloth or paper carefully.
- Never use scrubbing brushes, scouring powders or a dish washing machine.

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