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Tokoname kyusu - Japanese teapots
Tokoname Kyusu are Japan's #1 teapots!
Amongst Japan's six ancient kilns (Seto, Shigaraki, Echizen, Tanba, Bizen and Tokoname), Tokoname is said to be the largest and oldest. Today, whereas many teapots are made using molds, these hand-crafted teapots are prime examples of skillful craftsmanship.
Tea brewed in clay teapots is said to have a sweeter, mellower flavor. This fact , coupled with superb craftsmanship and design, makes Tokoname teapots popular with Japanese green tea lovers. Tokoname teapots are recognized as the best of their kind in Japan, just as Yixing teapots are recognized in China.

For more info. on Japanese teapots, please refer to:
How to choose a teapot
All you need to know about Japanese teapots
How quality Tokoname teapots are handcrafted at Hokujo
Tokoname craftsman Shun-en's engraving
How to select your Japanese teacups
Tokoname ceramic mesh filter "Sasame"
Pre-treatment of teapots
A new lease of life for old tea
Shuho's tobikanna & inka techniques

Exhibition pieces by Yamada Jozan IV

Our hand-crafted Tokoname teapots selection
(click the picture for detail.)

Items with a mark, come in a wooden box
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The volume of each teapot is measured at full capacity (ie. filled right up to the rim, just under the lid).

 

The teapot you receive may differ slightly in appearance to the one shown in the photo.
This is because each piece is individually hand crafted.

Concerning teapot volume: Please allow some tolerance in the volume measurements of our teapots.
Due to space constraints we cannot measure every item as wet teapots have to be left out to dry for some time before being stored. When a large number of teapots arrive at the same time, same models of a similar size are grouped together and
a representative measurement taken. Because of the handcrafted nature of the products, some discrepancies might occur.
Thank you for your understanding.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
For yuzamashi (a water pitcher for cooling water), click here!

 

Tokoname handcrafted kyusu teapot by Shoryu
Shoryu


Shoryu


Shoryu


Shoryu

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
wooden box Shoryu

Tokoname large teapot by Shoryu

Shoryu (Large)

 
Shoryu

Koushou

Creating a Tokoname teapot video clip (Shoryu)

Tokoname kyusu by Housei

Housei SOLD

Tokoname kyusu by Housei

Housei SOLD

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Hakusui
Wooden box Hakusui


Housei
SOLD

Mogake teapot by Hakusan
wooden box Hakusan SOLD

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapot
Houryu

Rihi kyusu by Mizuno Hiroshi
Mizuno Hiroshi (small) SOLD

Rihi kyusu by Mizuno Hiroshi

Mizuno Hiroshi SOLD

Rihi kyusu by Mizuno Hiroshi

Mizuno Hiroshi

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Touju

Touju

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Touju

Touju

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Touju
Touju


Touju

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Touju
Touju SOLD


Touju
SOLD


Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Gyokko (small size) SOLD

Touju
SOLD


Touju

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Gyokko (small size)
Mogake teapot by Gyokko
Gyokko
Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Gyokko (small size)

Mogake teapot by Gyokko
Gyokko (small size)



Gyokko
NEW

Mogake teapot by Gyokko
Gyokko
NEW


Maekawa Junzo SOLD

Maekawa Junzo NEW


Maekawa Junzo
NEW

Teapot by Maekawa Junzo

Maekawa Junzo

kyusu by Maekawa Junzo
Maekawa Junzo SOLD


Maekawa Junzo (Large)


Maekawa Junzo



Maekawa Junzo


Maekawa Junzo

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Teruyuki
Teruyuki

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Teruyuki
Teruyuki
SOLD

Tokoname teapot by Teruyuki
Teruyuki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gyokudo (1936-2012)
Some of Gyokudo's best remaining works are available here while stocks last. He sadly passed away in 2012.

Tokoname teapot by Gyokudo

Gyokudo

Tokoname teapot by Gyokudo
Gyokudo
SOLD

Tokoname teapot by Gyokudo

Gyokudo

Tokoname teapot by Gyokudo

Gyokudo

Yutaka

Tokoname teapot by Masahito
Masahito

 

 

 

Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki


Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki
NEW

Yohen kyusu by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki

Handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki PRICE LOWERED

Handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Yoshiki

Yohen kyusu by Yoshiki
Yoshiki

Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki
NEW
   

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Koshin
Koshin
NEW

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Koshin
Koshin
SOLD

Koshin

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teacups by Hokujo
Hokujo (small)


Hokujo

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teacups by Koshin
Koshin
NEW


Hokujo


Hokujo

Tokoname teapot by Hokujo
wooden box Hokujo



 




Tokoname teapot by Hokujo
Hokujo
SOLD


Tokoname teapot by Hokujo
Hokujo


Tokoname teapot by Hokujo
Hokujo
SOLD

teapot by Motozo
Motozo
teapot by Motozo
Motozo

wooden box Motozo

 

Tokonme teapot by Motozo
wooden box Motozo
NEW

Tokonme teapot by Motozo
wooden box Motozo SOLD

Japanese Tokoname dragon sake cup by Motozo
Motozo (sake cup and a tokuri sake flask)

Japanese Tokoname dragon sake cup by Motozo
Motozo (yunomi)

Unique guinomi by Motozo

Motozo(Guinomi) *various

Handcrafted teapot by Fugetsu
wooden gift box Fugetsu (Prize awarded)


wooden gift box Fugetsu

Handcrafted teapot by Fugetsu
wooden gift box Fugetsu

Handcrafted teapot by Fugetsu
wooden gift box Fugetsu
Tokoname shudei sujihiki kyusu teapot by Fugetsu
wooden gift box Fugetsu
NEW
Tokoname shudei sujihiki kyusu teapot by Fugetsu
wooden gift box Fugetsu

Tokoname teapot by Soukou
wooden gift box Reikou

Tokoname teapot by fugetsu
wooden gift box Fugetsu
SOLD

Tokoname shudei sujihiki kyusu teapot by Fugetsu
Fugetsu

Tokoname teapot by Soukou
Soukou

Tokoname teapot by Soukou
Soukou SOLD

Tokoname teapot by Soukou
Soukou

Tokoname handcrafted by Shukei
Shukei
  Tokoname teapot by Soukou
Soukou
Tokoname shudei kyusu teapot by Yusen
Yusen
SOLD
Tokoname handcrafted by Shukei
Shukei

Jinshu

Jinshu (Large) 


Jinshu


Jinshu

Choshi Geo mug
Kenji

Kenji

Jinshu


Kenji

Handcrafted nerikomi teapot by Kenji
Kenji (small)

90ml-115ml (3-3.8 oz)

Handcrafted nerikomi teapot by Kenji
Kenji


Kenji

Handcrafted teapot by Kenji

Kenji SOLD

textured teapot by Kenji

Kenji

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Yusen
wooden box for kyusu Seiho SOLD

Japanese pottery - Tokoname tea set  by Shuho
wooden box Shuho

Japanese pottery - Tokoname tea set  by Shuho
Shuho
SOLD

Tokoname teapot by Seiho

wooden box for kyusu Seiho

Seiho


Seiho

Brown teapot by Seiho
Seiho

Gold Cherry Blossoms teapot by Seiho
Seiho (teapot and cups)

Tokoname yakishime yunomi by Seiho
Seiho



Wooden box Seiho
NEW

Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Seiho
Wooden box Seiho
NEW

Tokoname yakishime yunomi by Seiho
Seiho


Kodo NEW

Japanese Tokoname 100 daruma teapot by Kodo

Setsudo/Kodo

Tokoname shudei sujihiki kyusu teapot by Fugetsu
Setsudo
Special offer

Clematis engraved teapot by Kodo
Setsudo/Kodo

Rikyu Hyakushu teapot - Rikyu's 100 teaching poems, engraved by Kodo

Setsudo/Kodo SOLD

 

 

 

 
Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Shunen
Shunen

Japanese pottery - Tokonameyaki teaot by Shunen II
wooden box Shunen


Japanese pottery - Tokonameyaki teaot by Shunen II
wooden box Shunen
SOLD

Japanese pottery - Tokoname yohen mogake teapot by Tanikawa Jin
wooden box Tanikawa Jin
NEW

Japanese pottery - Tokoname yohen mogake teapot by Tanikawa Jin
wooden box Tanikawa Jin

Japanese pottery - Tokoname yohen mogake teapot by Tanikawa Jin
wooden box Tanikawa Jin

Japanese pottery - Tokoname yohen mogake teapot by Tanikawa Jin
wooden box Tanikawa Jin
NEW
Japanese pottery - Tokoname yohen mogake cups by Tanikawa Jin
Tanikawa Jin
Japanese pottery - Tokoname yohen mogake teapot by Tanikawa Jin width=
wooden box Tanikawa Jin SOLD
     

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou


Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou


Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou


Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Konishi Yohei

wooden boxKonishi Yohei

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Konishi Yohei

wooden boxKonishi Yohei SOLD

 


Tokoname wood-fired ware

Visiting Konishi Yohei June 2009 (Click here to see some pictures!)
Visiting Konishi Yohei June 2012 (Click here to see some pictures!)

Visiting Konishi Yohei July 2013 (Click here to see some pictures!)

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei
wooden gift box Konishi Yohei

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei

wooden gift box Konishi Yohei

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei

wooden gift box Konishi Yohei SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei

wooden gift box Konishi Yohei SOLD

 

 

Compared to other Tokoname teapots, the lids of wood-fired teapots tend to have a looser fit.This does not affect their function if used in the usual way of pressing the knob down with the forefinger when pouring tea.
Yamada Sou Profile

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou
wooden gift box Yamada Sou
SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou

Tokoname blue glazed teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou

Tokoname blue glazed teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou

Tokoname Aoyu teacup by Yamada Sou

Yamada Sou

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou

 

 

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou

 

 

 



 

Tokoname mayake teapot by Tanikawa Katsuaki

wooden gift box Tanikawa Katsuaki SOLD

    Tanikawa Katsuaki Profile
Tokoname vintage teapots and ornaments
Tokoname teapot engraved by Kodo
wooden gift box Kodo /Shoson SOLD
   




Brewing Temperature and time of Japanese green tea by type
Matcha 176 F. (80C) -
Sencha 158-167 F. (70-75 C) 45 - 60 sec.
Gyokuro 140 F. (60C). 90 - 120 sec.
Hojicha, bancha , genmaicha Boiling water 30 sec.

 

For yuzamashi (a water pitcher for cooling water), click here!

 
Caring for your Tokoname teapots
Use Tokoname teapots just as you would use porcelain teapots.
Rinse the inside with hot water after each use in order to eliminate the possibility of tea stains. Wipe the outside with a soft cloth and leave to dry naturally, right side up with the lid off. *Never place the pot onto direct fire.
Wiping with a soft, dry cloth gives a lustrous sheen to the pot and makes it even more pleasing to the eye. *Do not wipe inside the teapots.

The Sad Tale of the Disappearing Teapot In years gone by Japanese people took pride in using the best tea-ware when brewing green tea, not only when performing the tea ceremony but also when preparing everyday refreshment. Sturdy cast iron kettles for boiling water, beautifully crafted teapots and exquisite teacups were the norm rather than the exception. As time went by and lives became more hectic, convenience took the place of the slow life. People no longer spent time at the local tea seller selecting their favorite brand and savoring the tea-making process from beginning to end. Tea bags became popular and all kinds of tea became readily available in plastic bottled form. While this meant that a larger number of people were being exposed to a greater variety of teas, it also signaled a decline in brewing tea at home. We at Artistic Nippon like to believe that there is still a place for the values of old in today’s world. For us, the beauty of Tokoname teapots symbolize these values. Each piece is individually crafted by expert craftsmen to be perfectly balanced, pleasing to the eye and above all easy to use. Constant use over a long period of time leads to an improvement in the tea’s taste and the exterior grows more lustrous. For how many of today’s cheaper, mass produced teapots can the same be said? As demand decreases, the number of craftsmen also diminishes, perhaps leading eventually to the disappearance of high quality tea-ware from the market. Help stem this trend and participate in keeping the old tea traditions alive by acquiring your own special Tokoname piece. Considering the superb craftsmanship involved in their production and their functionability, our Tokoname teapots are offered at a very reasonable price. Avail yourself of this excellent opportunity to experience the classic Japanese values we here at Artisic Nippon strive to preserve.

Old town of Tokoname
Tokoname is a small city, situated in central Japan (right next to the newly built Centrair airport). Most of the houses in the historical area were traditionally painted black, so that they did not show the dirt from kiln fumes. It is said that Tokoname people did not realize that sparrows weren't black until they went to the next town and saw their true color. Nowadays, the black fumes which used to envelop the town are no longer evident., but the atmosphere and character of Tokoname's heyday lives on.
*Photos left to right - general view of Tokoname city, traditional workshop, walls made of clay pipes and pots bordering slope paved with pottery pieces.

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