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Types of Japanese Tea Utensils:
1. Kyusu: A teapot used for making Japanese tea.
2. Chawan: A bowl used for drinking the tea.
3. Chasen: A bamboo whisk used to mix powdered green tea into hot water when making matcha.
4. Chashaku: A scoop used to measure and add powdered green tea to a chawan or teapot.
The types of tea sets are single, ceramics, lacquerware, ironware, copperware, earthenware, wooden ware and bamboo ware all have the figures of tea sets. From large furnishing frames to tea stoves to small spoons and cups can all be called tea sets. But what we usually refer to as tea sets are specifically for drinking tea and include tea bowls, teapots, tea scoops (flower pots or tubes for flowers), water pointers (washing hands) and spoons. Tea sets are both playthings and tools used to manipulate. It is said that there are lectures on the knowledge of the way of tea. It is divided into living room utensils (public) and private utensils (public).
In Japan, the tea utensils used in the tea ceremony can be roughly divided into two categories.
One type is used specifically for strong tea, the ceramic small jar for holding tea is called “Charu”, which is divided into various shapes such as Jyocho, Eggplant, Kaitsu, Wenlin, etc.
A type of small lidded jar used for serving matcha is called a “Usucha-ki,” meaning “thin tea vessel.” It is made of wood and painted, and comes in many different shapes.
Among all kinds of tea wares, the most valuable, varied and exquisite one is the tea bowl. Generally made of ceramic, there are also stone ones. In a certain sense, the tea bowl can be considered as an epithet for the whole class of tea wares. In the Warring States period, the “Le” tea bowl made by Changcirlang under the design guidance of Kilixiu can be regarded as the top work of Japanese-made tea bowls at that time. Unfortunately, in all dynasties in Japan’s Warring States game, the value of Le Tea Bowl is always not high.
The following are the tea utensils used in Japanese tea ceremony:
The teapot, which is a pot or kettle used in tea ceremonies, has created various artistic treasures in the hands of tea masters. Japan’s Ashuwa, Tenmei and Kyoto are the three major production areas of teapots. The teawares with the names “XX Ashuwa” and “XX Tenmei” are specialty products from these two places. It is said that no two teapots are exactly the same, all of them are handmade, just like Rolls Royce.
Tea caddy, is a small jar for holding concentrated tea powder. In a tea ceremony, two types of tea are needed: thick tea and thin tea. The former is as thick as congee, while the latter is close to the concentration of coffee. The thick tea is the key in the ceremony. Therefore, the tea caddy is also one of the most important utensils in the art of tea.
The tea bowl, as the name implies, is a bowl for drinking tea. It is the most varied and valued among all tea utensils and even serves as a general term for them. Tea bowls are made of pottery, reflecting the highest achievement of Japanese pottery art. The famous “Yayoi-yaki”, “Izube-yaki” and “Shino-yaki” are extremely valuable tea bowls produced by craftsmen under the direct guidance of famous tea connoisseurs.
In addition to the teapot, tea caddy and tea bowl, other items in the tea ceremony include:
Wall niche: hanging scrolls, flower vases, incense boxes
For boiling water: Wind stove, Ground stove, Fire ash (straw mat placed underneath the charcoal that serves as the stove base).
Add Charcoal: Charcoal Basket (Wufu), Feather Duster, Kettle Ring (Removable Teapot Handle), Fire Chopsticks, Kettle Mat (To Insulate Beneath the Kettle), Ash Container (for Ash).
For making tea: thin tea box, tea spoon, tea brush, clear water container, water dipper (water pot with spout), water ladle, water ladle tube, lid-supporting vat cover, sewage canister, tea towel, silk towel, and a rack for the tea set etc.
There are ten kinds in total, involving pottery, lacquerware, porcelain, bamboo ware, wooden ware, metal wares and so on. It can be said that the tea ceremony implements reflect the overall achievements of Japanese handicrafts.