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by nasalfrog
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)
Replies: 31
Views: 1425

Re: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

Victoria wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:14 pm
...I’ll see how many TF members are interested...
I'd be interested in the 100-130ml range if it had a ball or sesame filter. The sesame one I was eyeing from HOJO sold. The direct hole is a messy affair once I start getting towards the bottom of a bag of fukamushi.
by nasalfrog
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)
Replies: 31
Views: 1425

Re: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

...In Chip’s 12 Days of Kyusu Jo does mention first gen dribble at the spout. Mine doesn’t do that, it only leaks at the lid rim near the spout. I’ll eventually figure out a system to avoid or live with this :) . I like the clay a lot and am glad I have this kyusu in my repertoire. Thank you for th...
by nasalfrog
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)
Replies: 31
Views: 1425

Re: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

I have a 1st gen, and it also dribbles very easily in addition to tea collecting around the lid. I've found if I shake the drops off the spout in a motion towards my cup while the pot is at about a 45 degree angle (spout facing down) and slowly tilt the pot towards being level while still shaking, t...
by nasalfrog
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)
Replies: 31
Views: 1425

Re: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

Mine also brewed great from the first go. Rinsed it out per Akira's instructions.
by nasalfrog
Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo teaware
Replies: 58
Views: 5281

Re: Hokujo teaware

Haven’t seen nor feel them in person but judging from the pictures alone they always seemed odd to me. When you add the fact that he uses the same clay and values the pots similarly too I don’t see the point in getting one as Hokujo’s craftsmanship is so much better. I agree that Hokujo's craftsman...
by nasalfrog
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Show Off Your Pets
Replies: 59
Views: 2413

Re: Show Off Your Pets

He is a medium sized dog and weighs about 50lbs. He thinks he's the size of a puppy, though, and likes trying to climb into our laps.

I'm glad I finally found this topic, so many great cats and dogs.
by nasalfrog
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Show Off Your Pets
Replies: 59
Views: 2413

Re: Show Off Your Pets

This is our good boy, Roscoe, who is a red heeler. We got him as a rescue when he was about 2 years old. Here he is being extra cute for the camera.

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by nasalfrog
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: How do you use this? (bag sealing clips)
Replies: 26
Views: 1771

Re: How do you use this? (bag sealing clips)

I came across these binder clips. Pricey, but seem like the proper width for a 100g bag of tea. They appear to be a bit cheaper at office supply stores. I haven't used one like this, but the smaller binder clips are indestructible and don't warp. https://www.amazon.com/Lion-3-9-Inch-16-Inch-Capacity...
by nasalfrog
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 70
Views: 4781

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

Oh sorry, didn't get that! It's no problem, I'm partially at fault. I realize now it was confusing in the midst of the other replies happening. I think we could also just add Iga clay into this thread, it would make a good addition. No? If it's cool with everyone, that's fine with me. I'll post her...
by nasalfrog
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 70
Views: 4781

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

I would even go as far and say if I were forced to have only one teapot for lightly processed teas, it would be a Kobiwako. Only downfall is they do not reach the perfection of other craftsmen like the Yamadas or Hokujo. Still a young potter with some design flaws. But the material makes up for it....
by nasalfrog
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 70
Views: 4781

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

The kobiwako kyusu seems to brew gyokuro in a more interesting better than the Iga clay hohin I also bought from HOJO. Thus far from my tests, iga clay focuses on the higher notes and bitterness of teas, whereas the kobiwako focuses completely on the lower register notes and also thickens the mouth...
by nasalfrog
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tea and Personality
Replies: 30
Views: 951

Re: Tea and Personality

...I frequent the tea-based YouTube channels... I am curious what YouTube channels you watch. I haven't looked for tea channels In a while, and the ones I found a year or so ago do not ever have any new content. ...I've been drinking sencha for a long time, and have been learning as much as I can a...
by nasalfrog
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 70
Views: 4781

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

Bok Thank you for the perspective. It is true that no one is right about everything, and there are so many clays and pots as well. I think I was quick to jump to the conclusion that Akira seems correct about everything mainly because that would narrow the searching field down to only his pots. Ther...
by nasalfrog
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 70
Views: 4781

Re: Hokujo vs Kobiwako clay

I never did have the time to do a blind test, but for every sencha I've thrown at it, the Kobiwako has produced better results. It is now my go-to pot, although I still use the Kohokujo for very fine-leafed fukamushi since it has the ball filter. Recently I had a first brew where the Kobiwako result...
by nasalfrog
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Yamada family seal chops and signatures
Replies: 55
Views: 3168

Re: Yamada family seal chops and signatures

That's a fine looking teapot. You can clearly tell he studied under Jozan III, or at least was trying to emulate him. The thumbprint on the spout is nice. I see these thumbprint smudges on Jozan III pots, usually near the signature/mark, so I am sure it is intentional. I didn't catch the thumbprint...