Why We Love It
This Kyusu Teapot (9.8oz/280ml) features exquisitely hand-painted plum blossom. The teapot is made of red Tokoname clay and has turned black due to reduction firing. Tenmoku glaze is the specialty of Shoryu Kiln: teapots are glazed with a special technique called yuteki (“oil drops”). Every teapot is unique and was fired five times: when the clay teapot was still red; then, to set the hand-painted flower; to add the oil drops glazing on the surface; to change the teapot’s color into black (reduction firing) and finally, to apply melted pure gold on the lid knob.
This teapot features a semi-handmade ceramic strainer, named sasame. Developed in Tokoname and made of clay, this filter has numerous tiny holes on its surface. The filter’s shape is manufactured by the artist, and the holes are made by using a special tool (puncher).
The tea leaves have room to spread in hot water, bringing the original taste and aroma of the tea. This traditional strainer can also be used with very fine tea leaves, such as deep-steamed tea (fukamushi sencha) but must be carefully cleaned to avoid clogging. It works perfectly with larger or curled tea leaves, such as tamaryokucha.
This teapot is suitable for any types of tea. Sencha (middle- to high-grade green tea) and kariganecha (high-grade stem tea) are especially recommended.
Why Choose a Teapot from Tokoname
Tokoname teapots and teacups are lightweight, resistant, smooth, and particularly easy to use. Green tea enthusiasts swear by the taste that Tokoname clay imparts to the tea. It is said that the iron contained in Tokoname clay softens the astringency and adds roundness to Japanese green tea. Moreover, Tokoname teapots take on a patina over time: the tea brewed in these kyusu gains in quality. Each teapot is fired with its lid placed on. Consequently, the lids are extremely airtight.
Tokoname-yaki ware is produced in the area around the town of Tokoname, in Aichi prefecture, and is one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. Tokoname is the center of teapot production in Japan: nowadays, there are numerous kilns in activity, with artisans still pursuing traditional techniques.
This teapot is handcrafted by Shoryu Kiln. Born in 1945, the potter Shoryu has been creating tea ware for more than 60 years. He even developed his own light clay, after years of research and development. In 2018, he received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays, from the Japanese government for his notable contribution to the country’s traditional crafts.
Caring For Your Kyusu Teapot
After use, the teapot should be rinsed thoroughly with hot water, which will help it to dry faster. Store in a well-ventilated area, and do not replace the lid before the inside is completely dry. Pay attention to the interior of the spout, which remains wet for a long time.
- Kyusu Teapot
- Handmade in Japan
- Free gift-wrapping in Japanese furoshiki cloth
- Handpainted design over yuteki (“oil drops”) glaze
- As each handmade product is unique, there may be small differences in size, color and pattern from the photographs above.
- Size: ⌀ 3.1” (8cm), width 5.1” (13cm), height 3.1” (8cm)
- Capacity: 9.8oz (280ml)
We ship to every country in the world direct from Tokyo.
We offer three levels of service: Standard, Express and FedEx Priority.
1) Standard shipping is by registered airmail, which usually takes about 10-14 days.
2) Express shipping uses Japan Post’s EMS service, and usually takes between 6-10 days.
3) FedEx Priority usually takes 2-5 days.
All options include tracking information.
FREE shipping uses Standard shipping is available on orders over $99, unless registered airmail services to your country have been suspended by Japan Post. In the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Australia registered airmail is temporarily suspended but you can still take advantage of Free Shipping on all orders over $149 with Express Shipping, which can be as quick as 6 days!
Taxes & Customs
All our products are sent to you direct from Tokyo, Japan. Shipments from Japan to your country may be subject to additional taxes and handling fees imposed by the customs authorities and mail carrier of your country and region. Such costs are the responsibility of the customer.
Customs and import rules vary by country and region, so unfortunately we’re not able to estimate these in advance. The best way to be sure if any such charges will be applied is to check with your local customs authority.
For customers in Japan, the price includes 10% consumption tax. This tax is removed for customers outside of Japan.
Shipping Updates - March 2023
Due to the pandemic and the current situation in Eastern Europe, postal services to some countries have been temporarily suspended by Japan Post, however FedEx services are still available. If you are in one of the countries named below you can either choose FedEx Priority, or you can choose to have us hold on to your order until postal restrictions are lifted.
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All orders over US$99 or equivalent (not including shipping fees) are eligible for free shipping, except in countries where registered airmail services have been temporarily suspended by Japan Post. In the USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Australia, where these services are currently suspended, you can still take advantage of Free Shipping on all orders over $149 with Express Shipping!
Tracking your Shipment
As soon as your order has shipped we will send you a confirmation email with a link to your order status. You will be able to track your shipment from there. It is the customer's responsibility to track shipments, and we will not be able to refund the shipping fees charged by the courier in case a shipment is returned due to non-collection.
If you would like to return or exchange your order for whatever reason, we're here to help! We offer no hassle returns or exchanges within 30 days of receiving your order. You can return your product for a different product, or a refund to the original payment method.
*Please note the following conditions to our return and exchange policy:
- Items must be returned unused and folded in the original packaging
- Discounted items or items purchased with store credit are not eligible for refund
- Shipping costs are not refundable. Shipping costs refers to the full amount paid to Japan Post or FedEx.
- You must provide proof of postage showing the postage date within the 30 days
- For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns on earrings, futon mattresses, or mattress covers
- Items marked Direct from Designer, have a refund period of 7 days instead of 30.
How do I claim my free refund?
Please contact us and we will confirm the shipping address for you to send the item.
Please return the item folded in its original plastic bag (don’t worry about the paper wrapping) and send to the address that we provide, noting on the customs form ‘Returned Item’. Please note that you must bear the shipping costs.
Once we receive the returned item and have confirmed its condition as unused and undamaged, we will issue a refund not including shipping costs or duties.
Do I have to pay shipping costs?
We offer a full refund of the product, not including the original shipping costs. You must bear the cost of return shipping.
If you received the original order damaged, then we will also cover both the initial and the return shipping costs.
Can I exchange for a different product?
Yes! To exchange an unused and undamaged item, you can process the return as described above and reorder the new item through the website.
Alternatively, when you notify us about a return, let us know which product you would like as a replacement, and we will hold it in stock for you until we receive the original return. Please note, there may be additional shipping costs.
What if my item is damaged?
Very occasionally items may be damaged in transport. In the unlikely event that you item arrives in a damaged condition:
We ask that you contact us within 48 hours of receipt. This enables us to make a claim with the shipping company.
Please keep hold of the damaged item and provide some photos of the damage.
We will issue you with a full refund or replacement, including shipping costs.
Who decides if I receive a refund or a replacement?
If you are entitled to a refund or replacement as described above, it is your choice which you receive.
If we no longer have the same item in stock, we will suggest one or more similar items. If you do not want the similar item, we will provide a refund instead.
How long will my refund take?
We will process the refund within 2 days of receiving the returned item.
Excellently made, and meticulously packaged with tremendous care. Well worth the purchase.
My first Japanese clay and side handle teapot. The lid has a very short inner wall compared to typical Chinese purple clay teapot. But not a shortcoming, just different. However, it does make resting the lid (half tilt) on the teapot rather impossible which perhaps is a good thing as it reduce the chances of accidentally knocking off the lid. The hold is good, it fits nicely in my hand when moving and pouring one-handed. There is just one flaw on my teapot - the imprint of the seal under the teapot is half smudged. I would expect such costly teapot to come with a nice, clear seal.
Thank you for your lovely review, I'm happy that you have been enjoying the teapot! With regards to the potter's seal, the lightness and unevenness of the imprint is actually deliberate. Irregularity is prized in Japanese ceramics, so avoiding identically placed stamps is one way the artist is able to highlight the handmade nature of the piece.