If you have a tea bowl and tea wisk, you can take Matcha.
Custermizing your Japanese Matcha tea set for the ceremony
But if you want to enjoy a proper tea ceremony and treat the guests, you will need various tools.
- Tea bowl
- Tea whisk
- Tea caddy
- Lid rest
- Waste-water container
- Silk cloth
- Water pot
- Hanging scroll
- Incense container
Use a teacup with no pattern for dark tea (Koicha). Tea bowls with patterns are used for light tea (Usucha). It is one of the most popular itemss, as it has many points of appreciation, including its appearance and color, and guests always hold in their hand at the ceremonies.
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A tea whisk (chasen, 茶筅) is a tool used to uniformly mix powdered green tea and hot water. For beginners in tea ceremony, it is better to use a tea whisk with 80 or 100 prongs. 80 to 100 tea whisk are easy to contain air in the tea, suitable for light tea. More than 120 tea tea whisks are suitable for mixing thick tea and require some tips to use, so it is suitable for slightly advanced users.
Chashaku (茶杓), Japanese tea scoop is a tool to put powdered green tea into Matcha bowls. Mainly made of bamboo, it is one of the most important tools among tea utensils.
Chaire (茶入) is used for thick tea, and Usuchaki (薄茶器) is used mainly for light tea and a lacquer ware. Chaire is mainly made of ceramics, and one of the representative is Natsume.
Hishaku (柄杓), a ladle is used to pump hot and cold water from the kettle and water finger on the tea ceremony. It is made of bamboo.
Mizusashi (水差し) , the jug is a container placed near the kettle and contains water for the tea ceremony. Unfortunately, Amazon.com doesn’t have a stock of jugs yet, so here are the items on Amazon.co.jp.
Futaoki (蓋置), a lid rest is used to place the lid of the kettle and the ladles.
Kensui (建水) is a bowl for putting hot and cold water in.
Fukusa cloth is used to purify tea bowls and other tea utensils.
Chagama (茶釜) is a tool for boiling water, and it is a unique for the tea ceremony.
Kakejiku (掛け軸), a hanging scroll represents the theme of the tea ceremony and plays the most important role. There are hanging scrolls with letters or drawings.
Kogo is a small container for putting incense, and is decorated with a vase in the room. Also, clean the room with incense.
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