RYOKUDEI MOGAKE Kyusu (handcrafted: 300ml)

Handcrafted Kyusu
Dimension: 300ml (10.55fl oz)
Traditional Tokoname Yaki
Yukitaka Umehara at Gyokkoh kiln

This Kyusu has a unique green color and texture. The green color and rounded shape are wonderfully matched and bring an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. It is very time-consuming to produce this Kyusu and expert skills are required. This unique teapot created by skilled potters will surely fascinate you.

RYOKUDEI refers to the green color of this teapot. Normally, most teapots are SHUDEI red, brown, or gray, but this teapot has a unique green color that is quite distinctive. The unique green color of this Kyusu teapot is created by mixing green pigments with the ceramic clay used to make the Kyusu. The round shape of the Kyusu and the distinctive green color are in perfect harmony, which brings a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility.

The technique called MOGAKE is used for this Kyusu. MO means seaweed and GAKE means wrapping in Japanese. As the name suggests, this Kyusu is fired in the kiln while wrapped with seaweed. Salt contained in the seaweed creates the unique color pattern due to the chemical reaction. It is a very rare technique and can be found only in the Tokoname region of Japan. MOGAKE is a traditional technique, said to have been first used in the Edo period (around 18th century).

Mr. Yukitaka Umehara is the third generation head of Gyokkoh kiln, which has been in operation for three generations in the Tokoname region, a famous Kyusu teapot production area. He carefully creates by hand a variety of Kyusu in different colors, shapes, and sizes to suit the lifestyles of the people who use them. Mr. Umehara has perfected this RYOKUDEI MOGAKE Kyusu over time, so that the handle fits perfectly in the hand of the user.

The ceramic clay of Tokoname, from which this Kyusu is made, contains iron, which reacts with the tannins in the tea to soften the astringency and make the tea mellow. The Kyusu fired using the YAKISHIME technique is also excellent at absorbing excess impurities in the tea, making it possible to brew tea in this Kyusu to create a delicious tea that cannot be tasted in any other Kyusu.

This Kyusu brings a noble and unique atmosphere, as would be expected from an artist of this caliber with steady techniques and enormous effort. If you are searching for a teapot of exceptional first-class quality, this would certainly be ideal.

Would you try brewing Japanese green tea with this novel and genuine teapot?

This is the most popular and convenient size, perfect for 1 - 3 people.

Ceramic fine mesh filter
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.
(Please note that the size of the pattern is a little different in each work because of features of this work.)




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Gyokkoh Kiln / Yukitaka Umehara

Gyokkoh Kiln was founded in 1945 by Mr. Harutaka Umehara, the first generation for this kiln. Mr. Yukitaka Umehara is the third generation head of Gyokkoh Kiln. He and several craftsmen make about 150 teapots a day by hand using a ROKURO wheel in their workshop. Mr. Yukitaka Umehara is one of the most notable Tokoname Kyusu potters, having participated in many international ceramic exhibitions and winning numerous awards. His Kyusu, which are carefully handcrafted, have inherited the tradition of Tokoname Kyusu.

(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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