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[2017.12.28]
A Shiboridashi, the perfect alternative of a Gaiwan

Shiboridashi is one of the tea brewing equipments. In Japan, this equipment is often introduced for brewing Gyokuro or Sencha. However, if we understand its characteristics well, we will notice that it is rather more suitable for brewing pu-erh tea or fermented tea. It is not a must to use Shiboridashi for Gyokuro Generally, a …

[2016.02.20]
Akitsu Mumyoi Clay from the Great Sado Mountain Range

Red clay from A largest Gold Mine in Japan Sado Island is located in the middle of Japan ocean. It is in the north of Niigata city. As this island was formed by submarine volcano, the island has very rich amount of natural minerals. In particular, the gold and silver from Aikawa gold mine was …

[2015.07.16]
Progress of Developing Iga Natural Red Clay

We have been developing Iga Natural Red Clay teapot in a past few years. We were originally planning to introduce it in July, however, we are facing a technical issue. The surface of teapot becomes moist We have managed to finalize the clay and the refining method according to the ideal taste. After we made …

[2015.04.19]
Iga Natural Red Clay from the Hometown of Ninja

I discovered very interesting clay in Iga, a place known as the hometown of Ninja in Japan. We are preparing to produce teapots using this special clay. Taste of tea differs a lot depending on the clay The clay used for making teapot influences the taste and flavour of tea. It sometimes enhances the depth …

[2014.10.12]
Mumyoi Joaka clay teapot made by Watanabe Tozo

The red clay teapot traditionally produced in Sado Island is called Mumyoi Yaki. By tradition, the Mumyoi clay was collected from the tunnel inside the Aikawa gold mine. However, since the gold mine was shut down, the entryway to the mine cave was restricted and the artist in Sado was finding the clay from the …

[2014.10.02]
Selecting Suitable Clay for Japanese Green Tea

I would like to explain the points on how to choose the right type of clay teapot for a Japanese green tea. The taste alteration by various clay teapots The taste of tea will noticeably change depending on the type of clay we use. The outcome in the taste alteration using a clay teapot is …

[2014.04.06]
Selecting Suitable Clay for Japanese Green Tea

I would like to explain the points on how to choose the right type of clay teapot for a Japanese green tea. The taste alteration by various clay teapots The taste of tea will noticeably change depending on the type of clay we use. The outcome in the taste alteration using a clay teapot is …

[2014.02.21]
The combination of different type of clay often gives negative effect

We usually do not suggest combining two or more clay tea ware of different types of material. There are more negative effects when different types of clay are combined There are some people who love to incorporate different types of clay ware just like the way we coordinate fashion. However, the combination of different clay …

[2014.02.10]
The advantage and disadvantage with different type of filter on teapot

I would like to share some points of teapot selecting based on the type of filter. Generally, there are 4 types of filter commonly used as follow. Direct hole: The single or multi-number holes directly made on the body Sasame/Seramesh: Originated by Tokoname potters. Tiny holes were made on one piece of clay, and then …

[2014.02.06]
2 types of clay used for Mumoyi Yaki in Sado Island

In Japan, the pottery in Sado Island that uses natural red clay is called the Mumyoi Yaki (無名異焼). The Mumyoi Yaki is defined as the clay ware made of “Shudei” (朱泥), collected from the Aikawa gold mine and the surrounding mountains. However, if you understand more about the Mumyoi Yaki, you would know that there …

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High mountain purple raw pu-erh tea is now available in our store. This is one of the very interesting raw pu-erh teas we made in 2019. High mountain tea called Zi-Cha High mountain purple tea is made from the specific varietry called Zi-cha by the locals. In Chinese, Zi-cha means purple tea. This variety is …
Taiping Houkui 2019 is now available in our store
2019 Taiping Houkui is available in our store. Taiping Houkui was listed as the Top Ten Famous Teas in China. It has been the well-known green tea of Anhui province since Qin dynasty. We have both standard and special tribute grade. The special tribute grade was grown at higher altitude and it gives longer lasting …

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