Hohin: 140ml (4.93fl oz) diameter: 3.54inch (9.0cm) height: 2.76inch (7.0cm)
Yunomi (pair): 45ml (1.58fl oz) each
Yuzamashi: 90ml (3.17fl oz)
Made by Rizaemon Takemura at Rizaemon Kiln
Rizaemon Kiln, opened around in 1780, is one of the most traditional Karatsu-yaki Kilns.
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 more mellow 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.
AKEBONO name of this means dawn or first light in Japanese. AKEBONO first light is very meaningful to the people of Japan. SEI SHONAGON (around 966 to 1025) author of The Pillow Book, and noble court lady who served the Empress of Japan, composed HARU ha AKEBONO (The first light is best to enjoy spring season) in her poem MAKURA no SOHSHI.
Combination of gray color of glaze, pink color created from reduction in the kiln, and flesh color clay looks like the early morning sunrise. It is not only elegant and beautiful but also empyrean.
The pink color is created by a traditional technique called GOHONDE. GOHONDE pattern is brought by reduction in the kiln. This requires expert temperature control in the kiln.
This HOHIN Set will remind you of the elegant and beautiful glow of morning.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
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.)