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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Visiting Sado Island in Winter

I visited Sado Island to meet our potters, Watanabe Tozo and Shimizu Ken. This Island is situated in the north of Niigata prefecture where it was formed by submarine volcanos. For me, to get to Sado Island is like travelling overseas because it takes me 6 hours from my hometown, travelling by car and also …

Tetsubin Handling Procedure

I made this video a few years ago in order to demonstrate how to handle the tetsubin. For those who own tetsubin or planning to purchase one, please watch this video and learn.

Selecting teapot and lens has something in common

It is often mentioned that a clay teapot creates a mellower taste in a tea. However, the description of “mellow” somehow is not specific enough to describe the taste. In fact, a clay teapot will modify either body or aftertaste, and sometimes both; but some poor quality clay reduces both aftertaste and body. It is …

The unexpected reason why the tea with milk is popular

Majority of customers who visit my shop usually drink their tea without the addition of milk and sugar. However, there are quite a number of people who love to drink tea with milk. The tea book often explains that the milk proteins conjugate with the tea tannins and therefore the taste of black tea becomes …

Charcoal does not always promise a nice cup of tea

Do you believe that charcoal treated water sometimes spoil the taste of tea?Some people place a piece of charcoal in water, hoping that it improves the taste of water. Charcoal has two functions when it is placed in water. Absorbs organic substance such as chlorine. Releases minerals Reduces Chlorine Content This is the most well-known …

The taste of water differs depending on how tetsubin is made

Many people are aware that a tetsubin effects the taste of water by making it smoother. But, do you know that different brands or different manufacturing method affects the taste remarkably too? I’ve carried out the following experiment to verify the effects of the taste between the different manufacturing processes. Kamayaki process that affects the …


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We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree
We have released the Flower of Ancient Tea Tree. This is the fresh tea flowers hand-picked from old tea trees of ancient tea gardens. The tea garden is totally sustainable, with natural farming practice and no pesticide or fertilizer at all. The tea garden is located at altitude of 2000-2200m in the western part of …
Limited Sales of Single Tree Raw Pu-erh,White and Black tea 2019
We have released Single Tree Pu-erh Tea 2019. Literally, the single tree tea is harvested and processed only from one single tea tree. Each single tree tea is sourced from the high mountain in west Lincang, the altitude is at around 2000-2200m. Thick Taste of Old Tree We selected particularly old tea tree for making …

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