Timeless and versatile plain white porcelain teacup suitable for all types of Japanese green tea. Hakuji (白磁) literally means "white porcelain" and is a form of Japanese pottery that began as an imitation of Chinese Dehua or Blanc de Chine porcelain.
|Origin||Toki, Gifu, Japan|
|Dimensions||Ø7.7cm x 4.6cm, foot Ø3.7cm|
The Kumidashi is a short, light, handle-free teacup traditionally used to serve Sencha during Senchadō: the Japanese leaf tea ceremony (as opposed to Sadō for matcha powdered green tea). Kumidashi with mouths that spread outwards are particularly suitable for high-grade teas as the shape helps to amplify the aroma. Often sold in sets of five, Kumidashi are the choice of teacup when entertaining guests.
Produced in the historic Mino province, present-day Gifu prefecture, Mino-yaki has a long ceramic history dating back to the 11th century, and since the 19th century has specialised in porcelain for everyday crockery. Mino ceramic production developed in correlation with that of Seto, in neighbouring Aichi prefecture, which was the location of one of the legendary Six Ancient Kilns or Rokkoyō (六古窯) of Japan. A variety of styles and glazing techniques were produced in Mino following the Chadō tea ceremony boom in the Momoyama period (1573–1615), including pale yellow Ki-Seto, jet black Seto-guro, off-white Shino and green/black Oribe wares.
Dishwasher and microwave safe, do not put in oven. Since glazed porcelain does not absorb any odours or flavours, it can be used to serve different teas each time.