This brilliantly colored Shoza style Kutani porcelain tea set originates from Ishikawa prefecture. The pattern is nature themed with hand painted human figures and flowers in vibrant red, green, blue and gold.
The set consists of a small teapot, five cups, and a yusumashi spouted water bowl that is used to cool boiling water before pouring it into the teapot. It is intended for use with very high grade and delicately flavoured gyokuro tea that is served in small quantities and enjoyed by sipping slowly to savour the taste. It would make a beautiful set for display even if you don’t plan on actually using it to drink tea.
If you would like to know how to prepare gyokuro tea, this website has a detailed explanation.
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