Tea Cups

After reading around, browsing a long time at Fukujen in the Takashimaya basement and enjoying my latest purchase, ‘New Tastes in Green Tea‘, I realised that I need tea cups in three sizes:

- extra small, porcelain : for savouring fine teas such as gyokuro
- medium: for sencha
- large, earthenware: for genmaicha, hojicha, bancha, kukicha, which can be easily drunk in large quantities

Furthermore, gyokuro is brewed at 50°C (high-grade gyokuro) or 60°C (medium-grade), so it won’t be too hot to hold thin, fine porcelain cups. On the other hand, genmaicha, hojicha, bancha, kukicha are brewed with boiling water, so thick earthenware pots & cups which retain heat are better.

To stock my kitchen cupboard quickly and very cheaply, I headed to Daiso. [7/9/07 update: Oyamake Stoneware from Kobe blog about ceramic dishware in Daiso.] I felt giddy by the time I had chosen two different earthenware designs & sizes of cups from among the dozens of types available (Made in China, Made in Thailand, Made in Vietnam and also 日本製 Made in Japan!) – all at $2 a piece of course! pretty functional and attractive.

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(The bamboo coasters and plastic tray also from Daiso.)

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One of my earthenware teapots, which the teacups go nicely with. Japanese teapots with metal mesh infuser inside can sometimes be found for $10-$15 on sale at Isetan (and in the past Daimaru too).This is the Arita-Yaki porcelain set (total of 5 teacups) I already had from before, just nice for sencha, with clear white insides to enjoy the colour of the tea. $25 at Isetan and Takashimaya :).

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1/12/07 update: see my new glass tea cups here.

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  1. [...] December 1, 2007 49296 I’ve been searching for a nice gaibei for some time now. My tea pots are all far too big for one person, especially for drinking fine teas which should only be consumed [...]

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