Hohin: 140ml (4.93fl oz) diameter: 3.54inch (9.0cm) height: 2.95inch (7.5cm)
Yunomi (pair): 45ml (1.58fl oz) each
Yuzamashi: 110ml (3.87fl oz)
Made by Rizaemon Takemura at Rizaemon Kiln
Rizaemon Kiln, opened around in 1780, is one of the most traditional Karatsu-yaki Kilns.
Hohin is a type of Kyusu teapot without a handle and is used to brew only the highest grade of Uji tea. Hohin means "Treasure Jar" or "Magical Jar" in Japanese. It is said that high grade tea becomes more mellow in the Hohin.
Hohin pleases one's palate more than thirst as the capacity is somewhat smaller than a basic Kyusu, but the flavor and aroma created is delightful. The pour spout is made in a special way that allows tiny tea leaves to be poured together with the tea water into the cup. It is said that the tiny leaves enhance the flavor of the tea.
Therefore, Hohin should not be used for lower grade teas, Fukamushi Sencha, or tea leaves harvested in locations other than Uji in the Kyoto region. Hohin should only be used to brew the highest grade tea leaves grown in Uji, such as Pinnacle or Super Premium grade green tea at Hibiki-an.
The design drawn on this Hohin Set is one of the most traditional and beautiful designs, called "Seikaiha". In Japanese "Seikaiha" means small blue ocean wave, which is an auspicious design. The "Seikaiha" design has been drawn on Kimono, Obi, and other traditional Japanese textiles and ceramics for centuries in Japan.
The subtle pattern of the potter's wheel further beautifies the "Seikaiha" design. This traditional design impresses sophistication on the viewer.
Colorful patches of orange are called GOHONDE, a traditional technique that adds warmth to the atmosphere of the work. It is impossible to fully control the contrasting density of GOHONDE, so that GOHONDE is a little different in each work.
This Hohin Set is truly a "Treasure Jar" – the atmosphere brought by its beauty and the enhanced flavor of the tea will relax your senses.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that this work is a little different in each work because of features of this work.)