TAWARADE KINSAI Hohin Set (handcrafted Tea Set)

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

Hohin: 150ml (5.28fl oz) diameter: 3.35inch (8.5cm) height: 2.95inch (7.5cm)
Yunomi (pair): 25ml (0.88fl oz) each
Yuzamashi: 125ml (4.40fl oz)
Traditional Kyo-Yaki (Kyoto Style)
Made by Kagetsu Hara at Kagetsu Kiln

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 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 from Hibiki-an.

Rice has long been used as a substitute for money in Japan, and the bags made of straw to hold the rice are called TAWARA bales. The TAWARA bales are also called lucky bales, and the pattern has been used since ancient times as a symbol of wealth and a good luck charm. This TAWARADE KINSAI Hohin Set is perfect for the tea ceremony and for special occasions, but can be used anytime you would like to enjoy an exceptional cup of tea, and makes any day more auspicious.

The TAWARADE KINSAI Hohin Set maintains a wonderful contrast and balance between the astringent texture of the clay, the warmth of KOBIKI, and the gentle gilded decoration. As the name TAWARADE implies, the generously rounded shape, and the surface, which makes the best use of the simple texture of the clay, are designed to comfortably fit in the hands.

Before the shaped clay is dried, a TAWARA bale pattern is stamped on it with a stamp stick. The entire surface is coated with KOBIKI white color clay, but only the outside is coated with sand mixed with white color clay to give it a pleasant touch and for ease of use. The inside of the TAWARA bales is dynamically decorated with brush strokes. This traditional technique is called HAKEME.

Considering the quality, it is one of the most reasonable prices in our product line. The natural texture of the rustic clay, the gentle appearance of KOBIKI, and the gilded flower patterns that quietly bloom are exemplary. This TAWARADE KINSAI Hohin Set will certainly expand your enjoyment of Japanese tea.

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




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Kagetsu Hara

Hara was born in Kyoto in 1971. He is known for his mastery of a wide range of traditional ceramic techniques. He won awards for competitions in Kyoto Prefecture. He studied and worked under his father, Kiyokazu Hara. Many of his works feature some traditional technique such as MISHIMA, HAKEME, KOBIKI, and so on, which were passed down by his father. His representative delicate techniques receive a high evaluation.

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