I bought some tea ware while I was in Japan last December. It was a little tough for me, in the sense that I had purchased the 1st two pieces during my first day in Japan and I had to hand carry them for the next 2 weeks during my trip. It was a good and cold holiday experiencing my first Japanese winter.
This new tetsubin is a Nambu Tekki production. A 800ml capacity, I was drawn to this kettle while I was at the Nambu shop along kitchen street in Asakusa, Tokyo. The tetsubin was made to look old and rusty. The embossed dragon motifs on the side of the kettle were very pretty and I made a quick decision to buy it. I have a soft spot for Japanese tetsubin. I think this will be the fourth kettle in my collection.
I bought 2 shiboridashi teapots while in Japan. The insides of the spout have raised grooves which acts as a filter to allow tea to dispensed when you serve the tea from these teapots. Unlike regular gaiwans where you had to tilt the cover to dispense tea, shiboridashi allowed me to position the cover properly without any side tilt. I find the pour out of tea to be more elegant. You would had noticed that my 2nd shiboridashi is a side handle model which is actually fun to use.
I would strongly recommend that whenever you are in Japan, getting a Japanese tea ware will be the best souvenir for yourself. And..... do not forget the matcha and hojicha tea.