Lefty HOHRYU Kyusu (handcrafted: 360ml)

Handcrafted Kyusu
Dimension: 360ml (12.67fl oz)
Traditional Tokoname Yaki
Made by Futoshi Sawada
Mr. Sawada was born in 1951. His style is precise, delicate and artful.

Kyusu having a side handled has been used and made only in Japan. Once you try the design, you immediately learn that Kyusu having a side handle is amazingly more convenient than any other teapots having back handle or upper handle. Most Kyusu are very convenient for the right-handed user, however, it is awkward to use for someone who is left-handed. There are very few people who are left-handed in Japan because in most cases, children who are left-handed are trained to use their right hands, following Japanese tradition. Therefore Kyusu have historically been designed only for those who are right-handed.

We asked an artisan, Mr. Sawada to create a Lefty Kyusu which is not only practical but also beautiful. This Kyusu is very thin and lightweight. The weight is 7.6oz (215g), which is less than two-thirds the weight of most Kyusu of the same size. Many craftsmen are not willing to make thin Kyusu because of the time and effort involved. The handle is designed to fit comfortably in your hand and enable you to pour easily.

The patterns on side of body and lid, which look like chain or lovely jewelry necklace, are not a traditional common technique but an original technique of the artisan, Mr. Sawada. Diamond shaped pattern is scraped away with a knife chisel one by one. And smaller indentations, too are carved one by one. After each piece is brought out from the kiln, the rim of the patterns scraped or carved are carefully ground by hand in order to bring out the natural color of the clay. The process requires amazingly much time and effort. This Kyusu is very reasonable in price, to consider the time and effort. To be honest, Mr. Sawada is a sought-after artisan because he is not afraid of effort and his works are very reasonable to consider the time and effort described above.

We are so pleased that Mr. Sawada collaborates with us to offer such a special piece of teaware. If you are left-handed and searching for a beautiful Kyusu, this will certainly be perfect.

This is the most popular and convenient size, 360cc, perfect for 1 - 3 people.
Specially packaged in a carton box.
Lead-free. Made in Japan.




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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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