Chashaku, or a tea scoop for matcha, is the traditional utensil used to scoop matcha in the chanoyu practice. This beautiful piece is crafted from white bamboo.
The "white" bamboo 白竹 used for the scoop itself is henon bamboo (hachiku 淡竹) that has had its color removed through traditional, centuries-old techniques. A specific type of bamboo grown in the Kinki region of Japan (Nara, Kyoto, Osaka, Wakayama, etc) is harvested in the winter after 2-3 years of growth, boiled to remove oil in the plant, dried in the cold winter air, then aged for another 2-3 years. During this process the green color of the bamboo fades into the "white" color of bamboo.
Made in Takayama
Japanese handmade bamboo whisk or chasen are made in Takayama, the historical home of matcha whisks with roots tracing back five centuries. About 90% of all tea whisks (chasen) in Japan are made in this area.
Suikaen in Takayama traces its roots back to the 16th century and is one of a few studios preserving the tradition of whisk crafting. The head of the studio is its 25th generation master craftsman Tanimura Yasuburo.
Length: 18.5 cm
*All measurements are approximate
Care & Precautions:
- Please refrain from using a dishwasher or dryer as sudden change in temperature and humidity may cause cracking.
- After use, please rinse it with water and dry it thoroughly before storing it.
- Please refrain from storing at places of high temperature, high humidity, extremely dry area and direct sunlight. Recommended humidity for storage: 45-60%