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Chajin Okumidori Sencha 2020 - Review

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Chajin Okumidori Sencha 2020 - Review

This balanced Okumidori sencha from Chajin is a delightful taste of spring and is a solid example of the classic Shizuoka style.

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Beyond Shudei: The Variety of Tokoname-yaki

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Beyond Shudei: The Variety of Tokoname-yaki

While Tokoname-yaki is famous for its iconic brick-red unglazed teapots, there is so much more to this ancient pottery town.

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Organic Koushun Sencha 2020 - Review

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Organic Koushun Sencha 2020 - Review
Known for its heady, wildflower aromas, we try a Koushun cultivar sencha from Izawa-san in Shizuoka in search of a floral bouquet of tasting notes.

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The Many Shapes of the Matcha Bowl

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The Many Shapes of the Matcha Bowl
While it may seem like the simplest of tea making utensils, the humble tea bowl or chawan (茶碗) holds a central place in Japanese tea culture and comes in many different shapes and styles, each with their own history and meaning. Here we explore some of the more common shapes of chawan and what makes each one unique.

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Where Japanese teaware is produced: A guide to Japanese ceramics

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Where Japanese teaware is produced: A guide to Japanese ceramics
Japanese teaware comes in a huge variety of shapes, colours, glazes, and decorations. These styles are often closely tied to the various local pottery traditions that create these beautiful pieces of functional art. As the country with the oldest known pottery tradition, Japan is home to hundreds of ceramic production areas scattered across the archipelago, each with its own distinct clays, glazes, and decoration styles. 

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