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Furo Season has started
At the same time as May comes, Furo season has started in tea ceremony. As we are planning to introduce tea utensils in coming weeks, please check out our new arrivals from now on. We also wait for new inquiries from you. Any items are available on RIKYU. We would like to support your tea ceremony as your Chadogu-ya. Thank you always for your favor to our shop.
Please enjoy Wagashi for May
May is called Satsuki in Japanese and its seasonal words are Rikka or Shokka(beginning of summer), Koromogae (changing clothes), Tango (Boy's day festival) and etc. Wagashi are also made refreshingly to match this comfortable season. Please enjoy visually these Wagashi made for May.
2016 Year Of Monkey
The 2016 is year of the Monkey in the Chinese astrological calendar. A monkey is called "Saru" (to leave) in Japanese, so we believe that bad things has gone and happines come us around). People who is born in year of Monkey is aggressive and positive and always make a good mood among people.
At the same time, they are mentally quick and resourceful. Incidentally, the lucky color for this year is red.
New Item Urushi Tea Bowl Released By Mr Kasho Yoshita
A couple of Urushi-nuri (lacquered) tea bowls are released this summer which are made by a well known Makie artist, Mr Kasho Yoshita (1940-) who lives in Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture.
The size of the tea bowls are 11.5cmx7.0cm. They are easy to handle because of their weight and have long durabilities. There are 3 kinds in their color combination. Please ask us for the pricing if you are interested in this item.


New arrival May 25 Tea Caddy, Tea Accessory, Suzuri Arried
May 24 Tea Bowl, Plate, Hanging Scroll Arrived
May 23 Giyaman Tea Items, Tea Scoop Arrived
May 20 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Water Jug, Tea Scoop Arrived
May 19 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Hanging Scroll Arrived
May 18 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Hanging Scroll Arrived
May 17 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Kogo, Kama, Fukusa Arrived
May 16 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Hanging Scroll Arrived
May 13 Tea Bowl, Tabidansu, Fukusa, Tabacco-bon Arrived
May 12 Tea Caddy Set, Lid Rest, Water Jug, Fukusa Arrived
May 11 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Tray, Doll, Lid Arrived
May 10 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Water Jug, Furosaki, Brush Arrived
May 09 Tea Caddy, Water Basin, Tea Shelf, Plate Arrived
May 06 Tea Bowl, Tea Scoop, Kettle, Shokado-bento Arrived
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A Short History of Japanese Green Tea
The origin of tea plant was in Yunnan Province, China. They ate tea leaves as a medicine at that time. It was a long time ago before tea became a popular drink. Tea plant was brought to Japan by Japanese Buddhist monks in Heian period (794-1185). Ordinally people in Japan began to drink tea much later in Kamakura period (1192-1333) with the new way of drinking which was known as the Matcha style that was brought also from China by Eisai(1141-1215), the founder of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. In Muromachi period(1392- 1568), the tea ceremony gatherings became more popular, paticularly among the warrior class when Japanese traditional tea ceremony (Cha-no-yu) officially began.

Various kinds of Japanese green tea
There are roughly 5 kinds of green tea such as Matcha, Gyoruko,Sencya, Hojicya and Genmai cha depending upon how it is grown. The manufacturing process is aslo different.

The utensils to be prepared for a tea ceremony

Nowadays, in a tea ceremony. Matcha (powdered tea) is normally used, not dry leaf tea and therefore when it comes to a tea ceremony here, it stands for Matcha tea ceremony.
Bacially, the following utensils are to be used for a formal tea ceremony;

Tea bowl, water jug, kettle&braizer,water basin, water ladler,tea scoop, tea caddy,tea whisk and tea cloth. However, in order to simplify such preparations, we have "Bonryaku Temae"(simplified tea ceremony) which has been popular among people who enjoy a tea ceremony. It needs only a tea bowl, a water jug,a tea scoop,a tea whisk,a tea caddy and a tea cloth on a tray, so that tea can be made to enjoy so easily. (you may be able to skip using a water jug and a tea caddy and use other vessels instead.)


A Short history of Japanese pottery
It was the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603) in which the original Japanese pottery had been developed drastically with its beauty. Lots of original Japanese pottery incluing tea bowls were born in this period. It was kind of an explosion of creativity in the hisotry of the Japanese pottery as an art in the sense that the designs of the pottery in this period were obviously diffrent from the pottery made before Azuchi-Momoyama period. In fact, they were influenced much by the techniques brought from China and Korea into Japan before that time.

Let's enjoy a tea ceremony at your home!
How to make and drink matcha tea? It is so simple. Just try a "Bonryaku -Temae". It must be much easier than you expect!

FAQ
How to change tea bowls according to season?
What kind of tea bowls are popur in Japan?
How to keep tea bowls in good condition?

How to display tea bowls at our house?
What kind of flowers to arrange in a vase when on a tea ceremony?
What are green tea ingredients?
What is health benefit of Green Tea?
What kinds of cuisine Green tea can be used in?


Recommended Sushi Bar
There are many Sushi bars here in Fukuoka but we have one very good Sushi bar called Sushiman which is a local Sushi bar we often go to near us. He serves very tasteful Sushi pieces for us and we would like you to try once if you have a chance.

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: We have started to sell brand new items that you can choose from the catalogues introduced here. Please pick up the items that you like and let us know the items now. We will provide you with details of the item.

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*Delivery & refund
We ship out packages from the post office only to minimize a freight for cutomers. Basically they have 2 types of services such as EMS (Express) and standard (SAL). Only by EMS, the package is tracable and fully insured in case of lost or damaged. Therefore, we strongly recommend you to use an EMS for valuable items.

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Our items are old(used) or vintage, so they are basically not returnable even if you find it is not the one you like after you receive it. We would like to provide details as much as possible of the items and answer your queries in advance in order to avoid this kind of situation.

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Basically, We will hold an item for 1 week after the date an order placed at the maximum and up to US$3,000 in total in one order.


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