KIN INKA (handcrafted Kyusu: 300ml)

Dimension: 300ml (10.55fl oz)
Traditional Tokoname Yaki
Made by Tatsuo Umehara

KIN means gold, and INKA means flower stamping patterns of petals or plants in Japanese. Golden color spirals are stamped in a defined pattern around this teapot.

Although the shape of KIN INKA is similar to an iron teakettle and very traditional, it gives us the feeling of something warm with a great presence. It is very difficult to make such a unique shape in woodturning, and seldom seen in an earthenware teapot.

This shape not only creates its uniqueness but also its dignity. On the upper body and lid of the teapot, golden color of spirals are stamped by hand, using the technique known as INKA. The same technique is used in Kyo Yaki style, and it adds accent to the teapot. Golden color fills each spiral, and its process of decoration is complex. After carving spirals, golden color is painted in each spiral and wiped away, and its design is baked onto the teapot. Its decoration is a complicated process, but its unevenness accelerates the WABI-SABI atmosphere. The clay color called SHUDEI, which is typical for Tokoname Yaki is reddish brown, but the method of carbon reduction turns its color to black. Extent of carbon reduction decides its color from dark brown to black. This technique is one of the traditional crafts of the Tokoname region, yet its appearance is refined and modern.

This teapot has a great presence in terms of design, painting and shape. It will certainly enrich the taste and flavor of Japanese green tea.

Specially packaged in a carton box.
Ceramic fine mesh filter
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
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(Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the artisan. There are natural variations in each piece.)




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Tatsuo Umehara

Mr. Tatsuo Umehara was born in 1974 in Tokoname city, where one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan is located. His style is very simple and modern, and characteristic of its soft feeling. He is young in the Tokoname Yaki industry, but receives various awards in Japan.

(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.


- 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.

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