Mr Atsushi I just wanted to let you know that my very first proper chawan matcha bowl got to me on Dec. 3rd, 2009. It came much quicker then the standred shipping and I must commend how fast I guese the $9.95 is well worth It! The glaze was a grey and it came in a very simple card board box very well wrapped. The skill and craftmenship to my chawan was a very tactile as I unwrapped the box I couldn't stop holding it in my hands I knew I now owned a work of art I contimplated on use it in the morning or try it now I just was spellbowned I had my frist proper matcha green tea moment and it was amazing you can actuly feel as you whisk this wonderful and healthy tea and see the most beautiful shade of green froth its almost like a perfect decanter to a great red wine as you sip the tea you can actuly smell and taiest the fresh green poeitry behind this tea sooo much I wish you can describe the color green to a blind person by letting one taiset most certanly not by reading the color by brail its by the smell. Truly I hope some day to get my hands on a Raku and a spoon. Thank You.