SHIROTSUCHI Kyusu - FUJIGATA (handcrafted: 300ml)

Handcrafted Kyusu
Dimensions: 300ml (10.14fl oz)
Traditional Tokoname Yaki
Made by Tokuta Fujita

This Kyusu has a unique texture, distinctive form and simple white color. The mild white color and cute mountain shape are wonderfully matched and bring an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. The stylish shape of the Kyusu inherits the qualities of a traditional Kyusu, yet matches perfectly with modern interiors. This unique Kyusu teapot, created by a master potter, is sure to fascinate you.

SHIROTSUCHI refers to the white color of this Kyusu. Usually, Kyusu are SHUDEI red, brown or gray, but this Kyusu has a mild white color. This color was developed to show the beautiful green color of tea. Its whiteness, developed after about two years of trial and error, is unmatched by any other Kyusu. The mountain shape of the Kyusu and its characteristic white color harmonize beautifully to create a sense of gentleness and charm.

This Kyusu has a very distinctive shape, as shown in the photo. It is called FUJIGATA, meaning Mt. Fuji in Japanese, and is shaped like a mountain. This unique shape is thought to help brew delicious green tea because there is enough space for the tea leaves to fully open.

It is made with great care, as it requires a very high level of skill in its creation using a ROKURO (potter's wheel) and takes a long time to dry. Although the shape is traditional, it harmonizes with the simple white color and exudes gentleness and style. The spout of the teapot is rounded and slightly larger, making it easy and practical to pour.

This Kyusu has a ceramic fine mesh filter, not removable mesh filter basket. Many porcelain Kyusu have a small mesh filter basket, so unfortunately the tea leaves can't fully open and therefore the flavor of the brewed tea will be weak. In many cases, ceramic mesh is not fine but rough like Dobin, which is not suitable for brewing Sencha Fukamushi and Konacha. However, ceramic mesh of this Kyusu is fine, so that you can brew all kinds of Japanese tea, including Sencha Fukamushi and Konacha. (In the unlikely event that you would like to filter out the small specks of Sencha Fukamushi or Konacha, we recommend you use a tea strainer.)

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

Ceramic fine mesh filter
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Made in Japan.
(Please note that orange spots may possibly appear inside the bottom or back side of the Kyusu. They are called GOHONDE and are caused by the iron content in the clay. It is also a characteristic of this white clay. This is not a defect.)




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Tokuta Fujita

Tokuta Fujita was born in 1975. After graduating from high school, he entered the Tokoname City Ceramic Art Institute in 1994 and studied under ceramic artist Toshio Araki in 1997.
He has been selected 8 times for the Nitten Exhibition, 11 times for the Japan Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, and won the Grand Prize at the Fuji International Biennale. He has been selected for the Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition and the Chozo Prize Ceramic Art Exhibition 3 times.
He has also received numerous awards at other ceramic and art exhibitions. He is particular about making Kyusu that have a beautiful form and are easy to use. With his sense and technique, he is attracting attention as a young artist.

(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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