I wanted to try better brewing methods for the wonderfully fine teas from Hibiki-an. I must say I thought maybe some of the reviews were overstated, but bought the kyusu anyway. They are all correct! This Kyusu is wonderful and it really does make the tea taste better. It is dainty and yet sturdy and perfect for one American-sized mug of tea. I couldn't think of a more perfect pairing to compliment one another as the quality of the tea to the the vessel to brew it. It truly is the best way to start and end each day. I wish I didn't sound so gushy, but the products are that good; they make you feel as though you are on another plane.