Ode to the Kyusu

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Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:53 am

Victoria wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:12 pm
That is a really nice pot from Shawn McGuire. How small is it? I haven't seen any like this one on his Etsy page, did you get it several years ago?
Hey Victoria. Its 3" round (without the spout and handle), ±115ml and has a ball type filter. I snatched it somewhere around the start of 2015, Shawn is great when it comes to his etsy page, i could always reserve a bunch of items:)
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:05 pm

Just got this Kohokujo kyusu from Masako Yamada. She has a shop at Tokoname and online at isobe.shop-pro.jp (though it’s all in Japanese). Some folks here are familiar with her (or with Asako Isobe? not sure how they are related)
The size (110ml) was perfect for me and also the shape.
Still thinking about pairing and would be happy for advice. Perhaps simply sencha? Maybe even sheng? Did anyone try that?
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:59 pm

ShuShu wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Just got this Kohokujo kyusu from Masako Yamada. She has a shop at Tokoname and online at isobe.shop-pro.jp (though it’s all in Japanese). Some folks here are familiar with her (or with Asako Isobe? not sure how they are related)
The size (110ml) was perfect for me and also the shape.
Still thinking about pairing and would be happy for advice. Perhaps simply sencha? Maybe even sheng? Did anyone try that?

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Nice pot and shape! I would just give it a round of everything and see what works.
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:03 pm

Bok wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:59 pm
ShuShu wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Just got this Kohokujo kyusu from Masako Yamada. She has a shop at Tokoname and online at isobe.shop-pro.jp (though it’s all in Japanese). Some folks here are familiar with her (or with Asako Isobe? not sure how they are related)
The size (110ml) was perfect for me and also the shape.
Still thinking about pairing and would be happy for advice. Perhaps simply sencha? Maybe even sheng? Did anyone try that?

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Nice pot and shape! I would just give it a round of everything and see what works.
Well, since it’s clay is more or less similar to Hokoju is was hoping to hear about your conclusions :)
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:26 pm

Haha! If it is similar to Hokujo then it works well for most teas. At least the ones I drink. So far what I like best in it is High mountain teas. More oxidised and or roasted, as well as Taiwan black tea turns out pretty well too. But not noticeably better as the greener ones are. A bit less enthusiastic about Dancong and Shuixian in it. But as I said on another thread, this kind of pot can replace most other pots if someone forces me to only have one claypot (gladly no one does, so I can enjoy my pot addiction :)
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Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:12 pm

ShuShu wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Just got this Kohokujo kyusu from Masako Yamada. She has a shop at Tokoname and online at isobe.shop-pro.jp (though it’s all in Japanese). Some folks here are familiar with her (or with Asako Isobe? not sure how they are related)
The size (110ml) was perfect for me and also the shape.
Still thinking about pairing and would be happy for advice. Perhaps simply sencha? Maybe even sheng? Did anyone try that?
Nice low profile is good for cooler teas like gyokuro. This clay works really well with sencha and roasted high mountain. Once you choose a tea I recommend you dedicate it to that one family of teas; the clay is porous so will begin to absorb tea oils pretty fast. The clay Kohokujo (Shimizu Takayuki ) uses is the same as his father’s (Shimizu Genji), they work in the same studio, Hokujo kiln. I communicate with Asako Isobe via FB Messenger and sometimes look are her pieces on her web site, isobe.shop-pro.jp. Don’t know what /who Masako Yamada is? Or is that her shop in Aichi?
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Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:12 pm

Victoria wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:12 pm
ShuShu wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Just got this Kohokujo kyusu from Masako Yamada. She has a shop at Tokoname and online at isobe.shop-pro.jp (though it’s all in Japanese). Some folks here are familiar with her (or with Asako Isobe? not sure how they are related)
The size (110ml) was perfect for me and also the shape.
Still thinking about pairing and would be happy for advice. Perhaps simply sencha? Maybe even sheng? Did anyone try that?
Nice low profile is good for cooler teas like gyokuro. This clay works really well with sencha and roasted high mountain. Once you choose a tea I recommend you dedicate it to that one family of teas; the clay is porous so will begin to absorb tea oils pretty fast. The clay Kohokujo (Shimizu Takayuki ) uses is the same as his father’s (Shimizu Genji), they work in the same studio, Hokujo kiln. I communicate with Asako Isobe via FB Messenger and sometimes look are her pieces on her web site, isobe.shop-pro.jp. Don’t know what /who Masako Yamada is? Or is that her shop in Aichi?
Got clarification on who Masako Yamada is, from Asako Isobe;
“ The president of our company is my husband.
Masako Yamada is my husband's older sister.
So my sister-in-law.
She is in charge of SNS”
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Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:38 pm

Victoria wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:12 pm
Victoria wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:12 pm
ShuShu wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Just got this Kohokujo kyusu from Masako Yamada. She has a shop at Tokoname and online at isobe.shop-pro.jp (though it’s all in Japanese). Some folks here are familiar with her (or with Asako Isobe? not sure how they are related)
The size (110ml) was perfect for me and also the shape.
Still thinking about pairing and would be happy for advice. Perhaps simply sencha? Maybe even sheng? Did anyone try that?
Nice low profile is good for cooler teas like gyokuro. This clay works really well with sencha and roasted high mountain. Once you choose a tea I recommend you dedicate it to that one family of teas; the clay is porous so will begin to absorb tea oils pretty fast. The clay Kohokujo (Shimizu Takayuki ) uses is the same as his father’s (Shimizu Genji), they work in the same studio, Hokujo kiln. I communicate with Asako Isobe via FB Messenger and sometimes look are her pieces on her web site, isobe.shop-pro.jp. Don’t know what /who Masako Yamada is? Or is that her shop in Aichi?
Got clarification on who Masako Yamada is, from Asako Isobe;
“ The president of our company is my husband.
Masako Yamada is my husband's older sister.
So my sister-in-law.
She is in charge of SNS”
Thanks! She was really nice and helpful. And the one who responded when I directly contacted the store.
Although their online site only shows Kyusus, I understand that they also sell other kinds of tea/table ware (like cups and plates)? Do you know if they are also supposed to be online? (Hard to navigate the Japanese)
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