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by Baisao
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 95
Views: 7670

Re: Your day in matcha

I purchased an inexpensive matcha from o-cha, kiri-no-mori, as well as a chasen. Despite the low price the matcha is free of bitterness. I’m working on my whisking technique right now, as I have yet to achieve consistent foam. The experiments are fun, and, foam or no foam, I enjoy drinking the resu...
by Baisao
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 378

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

We’re in agreement. Minoru’s early works don’t look so mid century modern to me, though they definitely do as he matured as a potter, becoming very stylized after he was name a NLT. Correction : the seal says “Jozan” and on closer inspection I don’t have any record of it being used by Minoru. I conf...
by Baisao
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 378

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Here are images of my Yamada Jozan II set with very fine calligraphy and figures having conversations. All the figures chatting on the kyusu are then individually placed on each cups. I have read that Jozan II selected contemporary artists to engrave the drawings. The kyusu is 220ml. 53207BCE-6E6E-...
by Baisao
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 378

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Regarding the hon shudei that Minoru Yamada used, steanze is correct that it is different than lao zhuni. It is quite unique but if I was forced to make a comparison to another clay I would compare it to late 60s F1 hongni in texture: it is fine grained, dense, and has a silky feeling to it. Neverth...
by Baisao
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 378

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

Funny how each seems to have used quite a lot of different chops over time. Or maybe it is the nature of the chops that degrades with use and forces them to update? The family did use a lot of chops and even reused them. My experience, however, is that they added other marks when a chop was reused ...
by Baisao
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 378

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

That second link incorrectly places distantly related potters with the Yamada surname in with the Jozan Yamada lineage. Hm interesting, I’m not seeing which ones you are saying are incorrect. Can you identify? To me all the makers signatures and stamps on the kyusu look correct. Some text that is o...
by Baisao
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 24
Views: 378

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

That second link incorrectly places distantly related potters with the Yamada surname in with the Jozan Yamada lineage. I have a personal catalog of seals from the family kiln I can reference. DM me a photo of the seal and writing on the kiribako and I'll see how it matches my info. FWIW, what I hav...
by Baisao
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Vietnam Oolongs
Replies: 18
Views: 1517

Re: Vietnam Oolongs

I understand the profit motive to pass Vietnamese oolongs as Taiwanese but I would be happier if they could compete with their own localized branding. It’s not a perfect world but how nice it would be for the Vietnamese/Thai farmers and the consumer.
by Baisao
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 95
Views: 7670

Re: Your day in matcha

Very interesting video, especially the technique of breaking up the matcha in cold water as the first step. I can't explain it but the texture is smoother too when done this way, even with sifted matcha. I like it both ways though. The big question is how I react to the caffeine. I assume since I’m...
by Baisao
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Drippy spouts?
Replies: 44
Views: 646

Re: Drippy spouts?

Tor wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:16 pm
Teapots by Jozan III, grandfather and grandmaster of Yamada Sou, whom many people here so much love. :mrgreen:



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Gentile, I see!
by Baisao
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Drippy spouts?
Replies: 44
Views: 646

Re: Drippy spouts?

What I really do dislike in this case is the almost horizontal spout/s, which really is a very basic issue for performance. I think this is an artistic rather than practical decision. Some Japanese teapot makers are fond of spouts that intentionally resemble a chode. I suppose it is meant to be qua...
by Baisao
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 95
Views: 7670

Re: Your day in matcha

Hi Janice! It sounds like you had a wonderful time breaking in your chawan. I’ve been impressed with the single cultivar matcha from Thes du Japon: http://www.thes-du-japon.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=130_7 The Asahi is expensive but it is like dark chocolate, and it’s thick and so yummy tha...
by Baisao
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Outdoors - let's see your tea set up
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Outdoors - let's see your tea set up

plamarca000 - I saw the braiser's on Global Tea Hut....so would love to hear more about yours when you get t use it. I leaning towards a coal stove....but butane might be easier.less time to get going. Baisao - Thank you for sharing your experiences, advice, and beautiful photos..you have a beautif...
by Baisao
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: My new blog, tea secrets
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: My new blog, tea secrets

Oh man, you have me rolling. Quoting a book from 1907, back in the dark ages of science, back when scientists injected undiluted absinthe into guinea pigs abdomens to prove it was poisonous. And then! And then to prove your point that a mineral reduces viscosity— which would be really cool, btw— the...
by Baisao
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: My new blog, tea secrets
Replies: 26
Views: 864

Re: My new blog, tea secrets

teasecret wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:13 pm
If it had neither of those, I doubt it would have much body at all.
If it had 38mg/L of salt instead of calcium and and magnesium carbonate it would still have the same body. It would taste bad but the viscosity of the water would be the same.