Japanese Chazutsu - Tomioka - Kabazaiku Wooden Cherry Bark Tea Canister and Scoop

Japanese Chazutsu - Tomioka - Kabazaiku Wooden Cherry Bark Tea Canister and Scoop

Regular price $118.00
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This wooden chazutsu (tea canister) is made using the traditional kabazaiku (樺細工) technique in which a thin veneer of hand-scraped and polished cherry bark is carefully applied to a wooden core. Commonly applied to steel canisters, this fully wooden style is more traditional and more time- and labour-consuming to make, as the interior is also coated with a layer of cherry bark.

This chazutsu also comes with a cherry bark scoop and a beautiful presentation box.

Made by Tomioka in Daisen, Akita Prefecture.

Featuring an airtight inner lid, this canister is perfect for keeping roughly 150 grams of tea fresh. Note: the canister's capacity is measured with sencha, meaning it may hold more or less of other teas.

The Kabazaiku (樺細工, also 桜皮細工) technique of hand-scraping, polishing, and pasting wild cherry bark is unique to Akita Prefecture in northern Japan, where the technique was brought to the town of Kakunodate (角館) in Akita by the Satake family of samurai in the 1700s. 

To clean, wipe with a dry cloth. As the cherry bark is uncoated, it will absorb moisture, which is ideal for tea storage. However, this means that any water that gets on it should be wiped off immediately.

Dimensions:

8.2cm (3.2in) - width
12.1cm (4.8in) - height

Condition: New

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