Kisen Chasen Chuaraho (Takayama, Ikoma, Nara Japan):
This chasen is used by the Urasenke school for the preparation of Koicha (thicker Matcha used for tea ceremonies).
This masterpiece of craftsmanship from Takayama is a delight to look at.
One can easily tell that it is beautifully made by the skillful hands of experts.
The Process of Whisk Production
|1. Raw bamboo
After 2-3 years of growing in the frigid Korean highlands, smoothened by the cold temperatures, the ash bamboo (hachiku) is cut and stored. The surface of the bamboo is even and its fibre very gentle, making it an outstanding material for craftsmen to work with.
|2. Basic shape (hegi)
First, the upper-half of a whisk-sized bamboo piece is peeled.
It is then divided with a sharp knife into 16 equal parts (12 for thinner pieces, 18-24 for thicker bamboo).
The 16 parts are partitioned into 10 equal tines, thus creating
In the case of 80 pon-date
|4. Shaving (ajikezuri)
The bamboo tines are dampened
This method of shaving varies with the shape of the whisk. It is said that even the taste of
Each tine of the
This helps the powdered tea to not stick to them.
|6. Inner and outer compilation
Using a thread, the tines are now separated into an inner and outer compilation.
|7. The waist is arranged
A bamboo spoon is pushed in between the inner and outer compilation, evening the height and interval
The order of the tines' tips are corrected, and the shape is arranged to perfection.
|Every first and third Sunday at the Takayama bamboo forest garden (Ikoma city), you can witness a public demonstration of bamboo whisk making. Here is the address of the
Nara prefecture, Ikoma city Takayama
● About Takayama whisks
Around the middle of the Muromachi E
It is only in Takayama (Nara prefecture)
|Nakata Kizo, whisk maker and bamboo craftsman|
Kizo Nakata was born in 1940 in Takayama, Ikoma, Nara Prefecture.
Though he was the son of a rice farmer, at the age of 14, he was sent to acquire skillful hands by learning to make whisks as an apprentice
In 1975, he founded the Kizo Nakata company, which presently produces about half of Japan's whisks.
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|Points of attention (please read before ordering)|
|Please note that we order M
|Please do not use a dishwasher, microwave oven, or electric oven.|
|A bamboo whisk is a very delicate tea utensil that might have to be replaced when the tines wear off or break.
About Shipping Weight
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Total Shipping Weight includes the contents, tare, gift box, shipping carton, etc.
example the total shipping weight of your order might consist of 4 parts:
1. net weight of the ordered tea e.g. 160 g
2. weight of the bag or caddy e.g. 150 g
3. weight of further packing material e.g. 200 g (fancy box for special items)
4. weight of shipping carton e.g. 300 g ( this is the carton that will contain all your ordered items)
In the example given above the 160 g order of tea ends up with a 810 g actual shipping weight.
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