For the casual matcha tea drinker, a reasonably priced chasen, or bamboo tea whisk is a must. The whisk allows you to froth up a bowl of matcha tea while breaking apart clumps.
The Rikyu Chasen 利休茶筅 is named after the famous tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu, and is made with dark bamboo, colored by charring the bamboo during creation.
The "Number" represents the approximate but not exact number of prongs, and the more prongs, the more froth or foam it produces. However, this is not an indication of better quality as some schools of tea ceremony frown upon froth. The biggest school of tea ceremony, Urasenke, teaches that an even level of froth is desirable, and so this has become standard among non-practitioners.
Shape: The shape of this whisk is made according to Urasenke standards with the tips of the prongs curled inward.
|64||常穂・並穂 Tsuneho or Namiho|
|72||数穂・繁穂 Kazuho or Binho|
|80||八十本立 (No special name, characters mean "80-prong")|
|96||百本立 (No special name, characters mean "100-prong")|
|120||百二十本立 (No special name, characters mean "120-prong")|
- top: 5.5 cm (2.2 in) Measurements are approximate
- bottom: 2.2 cm (0.9 in) Measurements are approximate
- Height: 11 cm (4.3 in) Measurements are approximate
- Material: Bamboo
- Includes plastic case
- Note: Color may not be exactly as photographed.
- Origin: Made in China
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