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Seasonal Tea — Tokoname

Using a Kyusu (Japanese Teapot)

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Using a Kyusu (Japanese Teapot)

Kyusu (\’kyü-(.)sü\): a teapot with a handle mounted on the side for ease and control over pouring. There is a screen at the base of the spout to strain the tea leaves. Kyusu are often made from iron-rich clay, such as those from Mie Prefecture (Banco ware) or Tokoname (Tokoname ware), Japan. They are primarily used for Japanese green tea requiring low steeping temperatures.  Instructions for Use Warm the kyusu by filling it with hot water. Pour off the water and add tea. Refill with the correct temperature water, and steep for the times listed on the chart based on...

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Tokoname Ware

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Tokoname Ware

Tokoname is a town located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. It has been a hub for pottery and stoneware production since the 12th century. Kiln innovations in the 1800s resulted in the earthenware that Tokoname is famous for. The thermodynamic property of iron-rich Tokoname clay is perfect for steeping Japan green teas, but also works well for white tea. Kyusu simply translates to teapot. Typically, they come in two different styles: yokode and ushirode. Most people associate kyusu with the yokode style, which is recognizable by its side-mounted handle. Ushirode look more like Chinese or European teapots, with the standard handle....

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