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- Master Craftsmanship
- Caring for your Chasen
- History of the Takayama Chasen
About Kubo Sabun
Mr. Kubo Sabun is the 24th generation Master Craftsman for the Takayama Chasen. All of Mr. Kubo Sabun's tea whisks are beautifully hand crafted and made from all natural superior quality Japanese white bamboo grown in the Nara Prefecture of Japan.
This Chasen is made and used officially for Urasenke, a prestigious tea ceremony school in Japan.
Made in Takayama-cho Ikoma City Nara, Japan
Material: All natural Japanese white bamboo
Hand Crafted by: Mr. Kubo Sabun
Characteristics: Easy and durable to use, suitable for thick (koicha) or thin (usucha), about 12cm (4.7") tall
Number of prongs: Mr. Kubo Sabun will determine the number of prongs based on the bamboo's characteristics and will make the best shape
Official product name: “Urasenke, Shin-Kazuho, Sabun saku”
Each Chasen is individually unique since it is handmade. To make the Chasen by hand takes many hours and requires a specific set of skills passed down from many generations.
The Kubo Family is very well known and recognized by the Japanese Government for their craftsmanship. Their tea whisks were exhibited in the Decorative Art Museum in Louvre in 2008.
Majority of Chasens on the market are now mass produced in China due to the high demand and boom of matcha in North America. Low quality mass produced Chasens may contain toxic substances such as preservatives and anti-mold agents which may become ingested after you whisk your matcha.
This Chasen by Mr. Kubo Sabun is chemical free, as it does not contain any preservatives and anti-mold agents. The Japanese white bamboo used is grown specifically for making this Chasen. Once harvested, the bamboo is dried naturally under the sun during the Winter months, hence, no preservatives and anti-mold agents are needed.
What does the name mean?
- "Urasenke" is one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony. This Chasen is used officially for Urasenke tea ceremony
- "Shin" means genuine
- "Kazuho" implies the number of prongs about 70 or up
- "Sabun saku" means made by Sabun
Each individual Chasen has also been thoroughly inspected by Midori Spring.
Very limited quantities available.
This Chasen is a natural product and handmade. Colour and markings may be slightly different than pictured.
Your brand new Chasen is gently secured to the box with a natural adhesive to avoid damage during shipment overseas. It also helps preserve the shape before use. To remove the Chasen from its box, carefully wiggle the bottom of the whisk and gently remove it from the box. It is perfectly normal to have a tiny bit of paper attached to the base of the whisk. You can remove the paper by rubbing it with your fingers (dab a bit of water on your fingers).
- Do not soak the bottom of the whisk in water.
- When not in use, keep the Chasen upright to avoid damage (the tines are fragile).
- Before use, it is highly recommended to soak the top of your Chasen (tines facing down) in warm water for at least a few minutes. This will help with the elasticity and prolong the Chasen's life span.
- During use, whisk your matcha in a "W" or "M" motion until froth appears. Try not to put downward forced pressure on the tines, for example try to avoid touching the bottom of the bowl when whisking.
- After each use, you may rinse it or soak it in water, and let it AIR DRY COMPLETELY. Make sure to rinse off all the tiny bits of matcha on the tines. Try to shake off any excess water before letting it sit upright (tines facing up).
- Once the Chasen is completely dry, you may store it upright (tines facing up) in a cool, dry place.
- DO NOT use soaps or detergents to wash. NOT dishwasher safe.
- Chasens are not meant to last forever, however proper care will prolong its life span.
In traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, a Chasen, tea whisk is used to make the matcha. The Nara Prefecture in Japan, specifically in the city of Takayama is famously known for the origin and production of the Chasen. It was during the Muromachi period (1336-1573) the Chasen was born along with the tea ceremony.
Only a very small handful of artisans remain today making the Takayama Chasen. Most have retired in the Winter of 2015. Since this Chasen is made by hand, only a limited number is available.
We hope to continue supporting local artisans that have been creating the Takayama Chasen for many generations.
*Please note, this product is NON-REFUNDABLE. All matcha utensils are final sale and require 2 to 3 business days to process your order.