This delicately painted teapot set made from Kutani ware with elegant hanazume patterns on an amber yellow base is a beautiful set to have to make premium grade Japanese green tea.
Hanazume is a style where the surface is completely covered with intricately painted flowers and is one of the most notable designs of Kutani ware which has been handed down since the Taisho period (1912–26).
All items are decorated with colorful flowers with gold trimmings. The gold trimmings have a gorgeous shine and highlights the transparent whiteness of the inner sides. It has a timeless elegance and sophistication created by hand drawn techniques; no two items are alike.
This set includes a "houhin" teapot, a "yuzamashi" water cooling pitcher and 2 teacups.
A "houhin" is a teapot without a handle and is designed to brew premium quality Japanese tea leaves that need to be infused at lower temperatures. The design helps to concentrate the flavor of high-quality tea leaves such as "Gyokuro" by infusing the leaves slowly with hot water at about 60°C(140°F). The tea strainer is a "sasame" where the filter is made at the opening of the spout inside the pot with the same porcelain material. The houhin is held by two fingers with the other hand supporting the bottom.
The triangular cup is called a "yuzamashi" which is actually a small pitcher used to cool down boiled hot water to the appropriate temperature suited to make aromatic and rich tea.
The two cups are slightly smaller in size with a fairly large diameter. One can enjoy the rich aroma and flavors of the tea with this design.
This set is perfect for special occasions when enjoying Japanese tea with your family and guests, and will also make a wonderful gift.
This tea set, made using the traditional techniques of Kutani ware, is a design that will never go out of style and can be used for a long time.