Japanese tea caddies

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Bok
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Wed May 16, 2018 10:31 pm

I have to say I am always a bit mystified as to the usage of some types of Japanese tea caddies. I am talking about the paper wrapped, wooden or lacquered ones. Those are all pretty terrible in terms of sealing properties and some of the wooden kind have, well, a wood smell.

Japanese mostly drink completely green tea, which is the most sensitive to oxygen. Am I missing something, or what is their purpose?

Short-term storage while performing a tea ceremony? Only for genmaicha etc.?
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Thu May 17, 2018 1:51 pm

They are for the iron teapot ceremony. ;)
No seriously, some of the metal paper wrapped ones are not that terrible, at least for some other teas than sencha that dont need a perfect sealing.
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Fri May 18, 2018 5:33 am

imo for short term storage only.
if you're the kind of person that drinks regularly and has only one or two teas on hand at any given time (and therefore gets through them quick), i can see that being ok. a classy touch to your tea area. some of them look really nice.
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