I bought some Japanese tea ware last month.
The teapot you see in the 1st pix is a teapot with a side handle. Teapots, known as Kyusu in Japanese, are used in brewing tea and are traditionally brewed on floor mats or on very low tables. The teapot shown is made with Tokoname ceramic and employs the Nerikomi style of kneading patterns with coloured clay. You can understand my fascination with this teapot; the colours are very hypnotic and I could stare at the teapot for a good few seconds. The height is about 2.8 inches and I am guessing its capacity at about 150ml.
I had also purchased an old copper kettle. Kettles or Yakan in Japanese, often used for brewing Japanese tea, are usually made from iron or copper. Iron kettles or tetsubins from Japan are much appreciated by tea drinkers all over the world for its artistic styles and the 'smooth' water when used with such tetsubins. Japanese copper kettles are less famous but I was intrigued by the design of this copper kettle. This design is known as tanuki or racoon style. A story tells of a racoon, who made itself looked like a kettle to avoid capture by a hunter, found itself 'smoking' when the hunter placed this 'kettle' over a fire.
This kettle can easily hold 1.5 litres of water. I had already tried using this kettle but found the water less tasty than a tetsubin. Maybe I should had washed the kettle thoroughly.
But I digress. I would be in Guangzhou in the last week of Sept. I would welcome any readers to join me for a week of tea adventures in the tea markets of Guangzhou. Breakfast not included.
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