Ode to the Kyusu

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Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:50 am

Finer leaves or fines clogged the tiny holes?
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Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:32 am

So I finally succumbed to peer pressure and decided to get a japanese teapot :lol:

Back handle pot from Tsuchihira Eiichi via Artistic Nippon, it's listed at 140ml, probably closer to 110 usable, great for solo drinking

Was in need of a pot capable of brewing fukamushi, previously I was using one of those cheap glass pots with 2 spiral strainers intertwined so definitely an upgrade :D

Pics arent the best because the outer glaze is very shiny (and my phone isnt exactly a camera)

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Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:00 am

Nice one!
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:26 am

For anyone who needs an excuse to get one:
There a brand new Hokujo pots out at AN, in sizes from 80-100ml, best part - with the seaweed patterns!
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Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:53 am

Bok wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:26 am
For anyone who needs an excuse to get one:
There a brand new Hokujo pots out at AN, in sizes from 80-100ml, best part - with the seaweed patterns!
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they look nice. go get em! :D
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Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:08 pm

gatmcm wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:32 am
So I finally succumbed to peer pressure and decided to get a japanese teapot :lol:

Back handle pot from Tsuchihira Eiichi via Artistic Nippon

Pics arent the best
Striking finish on that lovely pot, must be pleasant to reflect on it as you wait for the infusions to complete
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Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:39 pm

pedant wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:53 am
Bok wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:26 am
For anyone who needs an excuse to get one:
There a brand new Hokujo pots out at AN, in sizes from 80-100ml, best part - with the seaweed patterns!
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they look nice. go get em! :D
@Bok @pedant


Tsk tsk tsk..... poison is knee deep ..... reassuring consolation, the capacity is too small for my use... 😂😂

Cheers!!!
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Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:41 pm

pedant wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:53 am
Bok wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:26 am
For anyone who needs an excuse to get one:
There a brand new Hokujo pots out at AN, in sizes from 80-100ml, best part - with the seaweed patterns!
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they look nice. go get em! :D
I got #3 :roll: ;) :D
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Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:21 pm

Has the shudei clay changed at all after so much use? Looks like new.
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Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:25 pm

Our 1st day of 12 kyusu (separate topic) features my first Yamada Sou kyusu. It is quite unique in several ways for YS including the bulbous handle and smooth kudai.

I have brewed perhaps 1000s of sessions with it.
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Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:30 pm

Victoria wrote:
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Has the shudei clay changed at all after so much use? Looks like new.
Oops, had to delete my original post.

The exterior has darkened maybe 1 shade while the lid has not (I brew with lid off).

The interior patina is relatively ... moderate with more around the rim, in the spout, and direct wall screen.

Overall, it looks really nice for its age and use. Keep in mind, it has only ever been used for "steamed" sencha.
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Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:35 pm

Wondering what lead you to steep with the lid off, a sweeter more mellow brew?
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Wondering what lead you to steep with the lid off, a sweeter more mellow brew?
It is a common practice with gyokuro which one day led me to try with sencha and have done it ever since.

I like to observe what is going on in the kyusu ... it also allows water to cool slightly as a steep brews.

Is one way better than the other? Not likely ... just my preference.

But the lid is always present on the tea tray. It would feel odd to me if it was not there. And if the lid somehow got broken, the kyusu would "feel incomplete" to me. It would sadden me. :mrgreen:
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Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:49 pm

beautiful kyusu, @Chip. you're right about that bulbous handle, i can't recall seeing another like it. :geek:
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Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:13 pm

pedant wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:49 pm
beautiful kyusu, Chip. you're right about that bulbous handle, i can't recall seeing another like it. :geek:
Thank you!

I have one other bulbous handle by Yamada Sou out of a total of ... oops ... almost let that slip. Wait and see how many. :mrgreen:
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