Limited

SHIGARAKI IBUSHI Hohin Set (handcrafted Tea Set)

This is limited edition only available in autumn and winter season.

Hohin: 125ml (4.40fl oz) diameter: 4.33inch (11cm) height: 3.15inch (8cm)
Yunomi (pair): 50ml (1.76fl oz) each
Yuzamashi: 125ml (4.40fl oz)
Sophisticated Shigaraki Yaki
Made by Harumi Sawa and Masayoshi Sawa at Sawa Hohzan Kiln

Hohin is a type of Kyusu teapot without a handle and is used to brew only the highest grade of Japanese green tea. Hohin means "Treasure Jar" or "Magical Jar" in Japanese. It is said that high grade tea becomes much mellower 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 unique technique called IBUSHI is used for this Hohin set. IBUSHI technique is often used for Japanese traditional KAWARA roofing tile. When firing the pottery in the kiln, the artisan intentionally creates an anoxic condition by sending gas into the kiln, and as a result, the unique black color is produced. Its color is simple yet very sophisticated.

Ash glazes which contain iron are partially coated on each piece. The portion becomes unique shiny black in the kiln. It adds accent and evokes a noble atmosphere. The outside black and inside white color contrast is very beautiful and elegant.

You can see multiple cuts on the mouth of the teapot. This is done by hand to make it easy to brew green tea. It is a very detailed task, but thanks to that, we can brew and drink delicious tea.

This Hohin Set is very simple, but the artist has given great care to the details of the work. Harumi and Masayoshi Sawa, who are the creators of this Hohin Set, said they make it one by one with all their heart and so each one is unique, since this is handmade. We hope you enjoy the handmade quality, with thanks to the artisans.

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 carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
Free shipping on all tea ware items!
Please note that each piece is unique due to the techniques employed by the craftsman. There are natural variations in each piece. (color, form etc.)

Price

US$125.00

Quantity

FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders of US$36.00 or more.

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Sawa Hohzan Kiln

Sawa Hohzan Kiln is in the Shigaraki region. Shigaraki is one of the major production areas of pottery and also one of the six major old Japanese kilns. Sawa Hohzan Kiln is a family business, managed by father Harumi Sawa and his son Masayoshi Sawa. They produce modern and unique works while incorporating traditional techniques. Many of their works are handmade, therefore each piece is unique.

Directions

- 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.
- Do not sterilize by boiling, or in a dish washing machine.
- When turning the Hohin 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 Hohin.
- Please don't use to brew Fukamushi Sencha or tea leaves harvested in locations other than Uji in Kyoto. And please use this only to brew the highest grade tea leaves grown in Uji in Kyoto.

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