The Tea Utensils


Utensils for making tea


Kama (a kettle)

Kama is set on a trivet in a sunken hearth (ro). Hot water in it is used with a ladle for making tea for guests.

Mizusasi (a fresh-water container)

Mizusasi is always filled with fresh water. The water is used to keep a suitable temperature in the kettle.

Fukusa (a square silk cloth)

Fukusa is used to purify tea container, tea scoop, lid of water container and others.


Usucha-ki (a container for powdered thin tea)

Usucha-ki (thin tea-container) is usually made of wood and is lacquered.

Chaire (a container for powdered thick tea) 

Chaire is made of pottery and wears a fine silk pouch(Sifuku). According to the back ground of Chaire, some historic Chaire have several pouches.


Chawan (a set of a tea bowl)

Chakin (a linen cloth to wipe a  bowl) Chasen (a bamboo tea whisk for making tea) Chashaku (a bamboo 
tea scoop)



Water utensils

A set of water utensils arranged to bring into the tea room.

Kensui (a waste-water container) waste water rinsed Chawan is discarded in it. Futaoki (a rest for a kettle lid, a ladle).  Hishaku (a bamboo ladle)


Tana (stands for tea utensils)

There are a variety of stands for the display of tea utensils.
The left tana is an original type of utensil stand which is named Daisu. This is used on a special occasion such as New Year's tea ceremony.
The right tana named Kikkou-tana (the shell of tortoise) has three shelves. The second  chelf's shape is a clam in spring and would be exchanged for a crescent in fall. 


Utensils for building charcoal fire


(a bascket of charcoal's utensils) 

Utensils for building fire

The top : Sumikago (a charcoal container) and several pieces of charcoal. The next line from the left to the right, Habouki (feather brush), Hibashi (metal chopsticks), Kan (kettle rings) Kougou (incense container), Kamasiki (mat for kettle)


(an ash container)


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