A Look at the Hana No Uta Arita Yaki Teacups from Yuuki-Cha

This quick post will focus on a new pair of Hana No Uta Arita Yaki teacups that I received from Yuuki-Cha. If you have not followed my previous recommendations to check out Yuuki-Cha, both for their amazing (and all organic) Japanese teas and the handmade teawares, then do it now!

These cups were handcrafted in the town of Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan.

Let’s take a look at the photos first.

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Hana No Uta Arika Yaki Teacup Exterior

 

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Hana No Uta Arita Yaki Teacup Interior

As you can see, the artwork and design are simply beautiful and eye-catching both on the exterior and interior. The feel of the cup is light, yet does not get overwhelmingly hot to the touch, so it is easy to hold even with a freshly poured black tea. The exterior texture is very smooth, and has numerous shallow indents all over it that make holding the cup a little easier. The indents cannot be seen, but are easily felt.  It holds about 4 to 4.5 ounces (120 to 135 ml) of liquid. The lip is slightly curved outward for a clean, drip-free sip.

Sometimes, the occasion calls for more than just the standard solid white tasting cups. The Hana No Uta Arita Yaki teacups are the perfect way to add a little extra beauty to tea tasting experience.

Although currently out of stock, the Hana No Uta Arita Yaki teacups can be purchased for $8.80 USD per cup, plus shipping from Japan. Be sure to take a look at the other amazing teawares on the site. I am sure you will find something interesting to add to your collection.

Have a good weekend, everyone! Cheers!

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The 100th Tea Journeyman Post Reviews The Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot from Yuuki-Cha

First, I would like to mention that this is my 100th post to the Tea Journeyman blog. It is my hope that the subject of this post will be with me through hundreds and thousands of future posts. My first ninety-nine posts have been a true pleasure to write, and each of the teas that I have reviewed have provided me with a great experience. Cheers to one hundred posts!

Back to the subject at hand, this beautiful Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot which I purchased from the Yuuki-Cha website. This teapot was designed and handmade by Japanese artist Houryu, located in Aichi, Japan.

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View From the Front

This teapot holds 9.4 ounces (280 ml) of water. It weighs 8.43 ounces (240 grams). Although the picture does not display the color very accurately, dark greenish-gray rings wrap around this otherwise black piece.

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View From The Back

The spout is non-drip, which is a commonly overlooked feature in many mass produced teapots. The handle is lightweight and ergonomically comfortable.

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Long, Smooth, Non-Drip Spout

This Kuro Sendan Tokoname has a ceramic mesh sasame strainer molded to the inside of the teapot, giving this teapot another high-end touch.

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Ceramic Mesh Sasame Strainer

The interior of the Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot is smooth, even, and uniform, with no obvious flaws.

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Interior of the Teapot

The Japanese artist, Houryu, etched his insignia into the Kuro Sendan Tokoname under the handle. Each tokoname teapot is marked with the insignia of the maker in order to identify it’s origin.

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The Insignia of the Artist, Houryu

This Kuro Sendan Tokoname Teapot was sealed using high grade Chinese Chun Mee green tea, and boiled in the tea for fifteen minutes. Now it is ready for it’s first real taste of tea. I have quite a few high quality handmade teas from Malawi that still need a review, as well as several great teas from Kenya, south India, China, and Japan. Perhaps the steamed Purple Tea from Kenya will be an interesting welcome for this beautiful teapot.

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Final View From the Top

The Yuuki-Cha website has some of the most beautiful Tokoname, kyusu, and earthenware teapots and teaware of any website that I have found. Take a moment to visit the Yuuki-Cha website by clicking here. They also have some interesting Japanese teas, including Japanese black and oolong teas. You may also find them on Facebook and Twitter as Yuuki-Cha. By the way, in my opinion, the pricing is quite reasonable. You will find some truly amazing handmade teapots for under $70, with EMS Express shipping included. For such a beautiful and highly functional piece of tea art, these Tokoname teapots are worth every penny. Thanks, Yuuki-Cha, for offering such high quality teaware at reasonable prices. Cheers!

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