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What makes a Japanese tea bowl special?

What makes a Japanese tea bowl special?

Japanese tea bowls or chawans are part of a cherish ritual called the Japanese tea ceremony or chanoyu, on which a special kind of powdered green tea called matcha is prepared and drunk. Other tools used include the chashaku or spoon for the tea and the chasen or whisk to blend the tea and hot water.

Why are Japanese tea bowls irregularly shaped?

So, when tea came to Japan from China, it was natural that the shape of Japanese tea cups was influenced by the Chinese and followed a similar form. Since the tea cup has no handle, you have to grasp it with your right hand, with your left hand cupping the bottom for support.

What is a Chasen?

A chasen is a tea whisk made from a single piece of bamboo, split into an array of delicate tines, used to whisk the matcha powder into a foamy usucha, or knead it into a thick paste as koicha.

What is a Japanese chawan?

A chawan (茶碗; literally “tea bowl”) is a bowl used for preparing and drinking tea. Many types of chawan are used in East Asian tea ceremonies.

What does matcha symbolize?

The Japanese matcha tea ceremony has ties to Zen Buddhism and was originally a kind of meditative act based on the principles of harmony, tranquility, and purity.

What’s a tea whisk?

A matcha tea whisk is used to brew matcha green tea powder in a wide brimmed bowl. The whisk is hand carved from a single piece of bamboo and is known in Japanese as a chasen. The bamboo chasen is used to whip matcha powder and hot water into a creamy froth.

What does a Shino glaze look like?

Shino glaze (志野釉 Shino uwagusuri?) is a generic term for a family of pottery glazes. They tend to range in color from milky white to orange, sometimes with charcoal grey spotting, known as “carbon trap” which is the trapping of carbon in the glaze during the firing process.

What is a Shino Bowl?

Shino Teabowl with Bridge and House, known as “Bridge of the Gods” (Shinkyō) late 16th century. Japan. This Shino-ware tea bowl has a linear design of a bridge and a Shinto shrine. The arched bridge is drawn with two parallel lines, and its pillars are indicated by four vertical strokes.

What are the different shapes of Japanese tea bowls?

Japanese tea bowls come in many shapes that are sometimes used in different seasons. These include wa-nari, or circle shape; tsutsu-gata or cylinder shape; suri-nari or cedar shape; and hiragana or flat shape. To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.

What is a Japanese tea bowl or chawan?

Central to the ritual is the Japanese tea bowl or chawan, a small handleless vessel in which special tea is made and then drunk. We’re going to explore the history and designs of Japanese tea bowls, but first you should understand a bit about the ritual in which they are used.

What kind of tea bowl has a slightly distorted shoe shape?

Slightly distorted shoe shaped (kutsugata) tea bowl. Heian-Kamakura period, 9th-13th century Yama-Chawan. Title: Heian-Kamakura period, 9th-13th century Yama-Chawan. A Sanage Kiln “Mountain tea bowl”. Style or Ware: Seto ware. A Sanage Kiln “Mountain tea bowl” Collection: Japanese Ceramics. Note: With the wooden tomobako storage box.

What are the dimensions of the Momoyama period tea bowl?

Title: Momoyama Period Tea Bowl. Date: 17 Century. Style or Ware: Kuro Oribe ware. Diam.: 14.5cm. Height: 6.5cm. Collection: Japanese Ceramics. Note: With the antique wooden tomobako storage box and Shifuku. D: 13.3cm. H: 9.0cm. Collection: Japanese Ceramics. Note: With the Original antique wooden tomobako storage box and Shifuku.