Japanese Matcha Bowls & Whisks

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Holding a matcha bowl ( chawan) in your hands and and raising it to your lips to sip a small portion of emerald green matcha tea is a true delight. The bowl is large and the portion of tea is small, which follows the tradition of how one is served matcha in Japan. Powdered tea drinking began in Japan in the 15th century and  well-made tea bowls became valued objects of desire. Today, Chanoyu - the Japanese tea ceremony - keeps the tradition alive. As a new generation of tea enthusiasts discover the delicious nature of matcha, tea bowls continue to appeal to avid tea drinkers.

The beauty of a matcha bowl lies beyond it's colors, patterning, and seasonal designs. In Japan, collectors of matcha bowls and tea enthusiasts choose their tea bowls based on the shape of the bowl, the straightness or slope of the sides of the bowl, the styling of the footring, the overall presence of the chawan on the tea table, and how the teabowl relates to the other tea making objects in the grouping. All in all, the aesthetics of chawans vary from potter to potter, and for the user, the choice which tea bowl to use relects a mood or seasonal occasion.

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Black Raku Matcha Bowl Japanese Black Raku Matcha Bowl
Potter: Shoraku Sasaki III
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan


Blue, Black & Cream Matcha Bowl Japanese Blue, Black & Cream Matcha Bowl

Japanese Falling Leaves Matcha Bowl
Kiln: Hachimangama
Cream Colored with Flowering Branches Matcha Bowl Japanese Flowering Branches Matcha Bowl
Potter: Eikou
Kiyomizuyaki Pottery, Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Gold Screen & Iris Matcha Bowl Japanese Gold Screen & Iris Matcha Bowl
Kiln: Zensyogama
Potter: Zensyo Yamaoka
Japanese Grey & White 'Illusion' Matcha Bowl Japanese Grey & White 'Illusion' Matcha Bowl
Potter: Toraku Morisato
Light Blue Matcha Bowl Japanese Light Blue Matcha Bowl

Matcha Sifter (furui) Japanese Matcha Sifter (furui) with Paddle

Short Japanese Matcha Whisk Japanese Matcha Whisk ( White Bamboo ) - Traditional
Chasen
100 hand-cut bamboo splits
Japanese Long Narrow Matcha Whisk Japanese Matcha Whisk (Black Bamboo) - Long & Narrow
Chasen
Japanese Matcha Whisk Keeper - Blue Japanese Matcha Whisk Keeper - Blue
Kusenaoshi
Japanese Matcha Whisk Keeper - Green Japanese Matcha Whisk Keeper - Green
Kusenaoshi
Modern Matcha Bowl with Pouring Lip and Handle Japanese Modern Matcha Bowl with Pouring Lip and Handle

Pale Grey Crackle Glaze with Brown Veins Matcha Bowl Japanese Pale Grey Crackle Glaze Matcha Bowl
Potter: Zuisho Iwamoto
Kiyomizuyaki Pottery, Kyoto, Japan

Snow on River Stone Matcha Bowl Japanese River of Snow Matcha Bowl

Japanese Rust Color Leaves &Tiny Pale Pink Blossoms Matcha Bowl
Kiln: Zensyogama
Potter: Zensyo Yamaoka
Salmon Colored Raku Matcha Bowl Japanese Salmon Colored Raku Matcha Bowl
Potter: Shoraku Sasaki III
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Japanese Small Shino-Style Matcha Bowl Japanese Small Shino-Style Matcha Bowl

Japanese Swirling Ribbons Matcha Bowl Japanese Swirling Ribbons Matcha Bowl