Yunomi Chado Tools: Chasen Bamboo Whisk for Matcha, 48-prong Naka-araho by Tango Tanimura


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The 48-prong naka-araho is for tea ceremony practitioners who are at a level where they can whisk matcha despite the smaller number of prongs (or belong to a school that uses this type of prong).

This chasen comes from master craftsman Tango Tanimura's Wahokudo Studio in Takayama, Nara, Japan.

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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.

16 平穂 Heiho
32 荒穂 Araho
48 中荒穂 Naka-araho
64 常穂・並穂 Joho 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")


NAME: Matcha Bamboo Whisk 48
DIAMETER (bottom): 2.2 cm (0.87 in)
HEIGHT: 11 cm (4.33 in)
Measurements above are approximate

NOTE: Color may not be exactly as photographed.
ORIGIN: Made in Japan

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