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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 infusor "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.

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

Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Shoryu

Shoryu


Shoryu

White flower teapot
Shoryu
Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Shoryu

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
wooden box Shoryu

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapot
Houryu

Handpainted weeping plum teapot Shoryu

Shoryu NEW

Tokoname large teapot by Shoryu

Shoryu (Large)

Creating a Tokoname teapotvideo clip (Shoryu)


Housei

Tokoname kyusu by Housei

Housei

Tokoname kyusu by Housei

Housei SOLD

Rihi kyusu by Mizuno Hiroshi
Mizuno Hiroshi (small) SOLD

Rihi kyusu by Mizuno Hiroshi

Mizuno Hiroshi SOLD

handcrafted teapot by Gyokko
Gyokko
SOLD


Touju

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Touju

Touju NEW

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Gyokko (small size)


Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Gyokko (small size)


Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Gyokko (small size)

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots
Gyokko (small size)


Maekawa Junzo

Maekawa Junzo
NEW

Maekawa Junzo

Teapot by Maekawa Junzo

Maekawa Junzo

kyusu by Maekawa Junzo
Maekawa Junzo
kyusu by Maekawa Junzo
Maekawa Junzo
NEW


Maekawa Junzo
SOLD

Maekawa Junzo SOLD


Maekawa Junzo
SOLD

Maekawa Junzo


Maekawa Junzo
SOLD

Maekawa Junzo SOLD

Japanese pottery - Tokoname kyusu teapot by Teruyuki
Teruyuki

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Teruyuki
Teruyuki

Japanese pottery - Tokoname yakishime kyusu teapot by Teruyuki
Teruyuki

Tokoname handcrafted 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

Gyokudo teapot

wooden box Gyokudo

Tokoname teapot by Gyokudo
Gyokudo

Tokoname teapot by Gyokudo

Gyokudo

wooden box Gyokudo

Tokoname teapot by Gyokudo

Gyokudo

Sakura "Nishiki-e" kyusu by Yutaka
Yutaka

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Hakusui
Wooden box Hakusui


wooden box Gyokudo
SOLD

 




 

Wooden box Yoshiki

Yohen kyusu by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki

Wooden box Yoshiki

 

Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki

Wooden box Yoshiki

Yohen Houhin by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki

Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki

Tokoname handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki

Handcrafted teapot by Yoshiki
Wooden box Yoshiki

 

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Koshin
Koshin

Koshin

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Koshin
Koshin



Hokujo

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Koshin
Koshin


Koshin

     

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teacups by Hokujo
Hokujo


Hokujo



Hokujo


Hokujo
*Left-handled available

 


Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Hokujo

Hokujo

 


Hokujo
*Left-handled available

Yakishime shiboridashi by Hokujo

Hokujo

Hokujo

Shiboridashi by Hokujo

Hokujo NEW

Dragon kyusu teapot by Motozo
wooden box Motozo Cup only


Tokoname shudei sujihiki kyusu teapot by Fugetsu
wooden gift box Fugetsu


Tokoname shudei sujihiki kyusu teapot by Fugetsu
Fugetsu
NEW

Motozo SOLD


Motozo
SOLD

Tokoname teapot by Motozo
wooden box Motozo
NEW

Jinshu (Large) 


Jinshu

hakudei nerikomi dot cup
Kenji

Handcrafted nerikomi teapot by Kenji
Kenji
NEW

Handcrafted nerikomi teapot by Kenji
Kenji
NEW

Handcrafted nerikomi teapot by Kenji

Kenji NEW

textured teapot by Kenji

Kenji

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Shuho
Shuho
Choshi Geo mug
Kenji

Seiho

Gold Cherry Blossoms teapot by Seiho
Seiho

Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Yusen
Seiho


Seiho

Tokoname yakishime yunomi by Seiho
Seiho


wooden box for kyusuSeiho
SOLD


Seiho

Tokoname teapot by Seiho

wooden box for kyusu Seiho

Tokoname teapot by Seiho
Seiho

Yakishime bush clover & butterflies teapot by Seiho

Seiho NEW

Tokoname shudei kyusu teapot by Yusen
Yusen
Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Yusen
Yusen

Kodo
Clematis engraved teapot by Kodo
Setsudo/Kodo

Setsudo/Kodo

Daikokuten teapot engraved by Kodo

Setsudo/Kodo NEW

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

Setsudo/Kodo SOLD

Fuji 4 seasons teapots by Setsudo/Kodo

Setsudo/Kodo

Japanese pottery-Tokoname teapot engraved by Kodo
Kodo
SOLD

wooden box Setsudo/Kodo
SOLD
Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapot engraved by Kodo
wooden box Setsudo/Kodo
SOLD

Tokoname dragon kyusu
Setsudo/Kodo

Japanese Tokoname 100 daruma teapot by Kodo

Setsudo/Kodo SOLD

 
Japanese pottery - Tokonameyaki teaot by Shunen II
wooden box Shunen

Tokoname teapot by Shunen

wooden box Shunen


Japanese pottery - Tokoname teapots by Shunen
Shunen

 

 

 

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

Shudei cup by Yamada Sou

Yamada Sou

 

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou SOLD

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou SOLD

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou NEW

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxYamada Sou NEW

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxKonishi Yohei SOLD

Japanese pottery Tokoname teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden boxKonishi Yohei NEW


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 NEW

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei
wooden gift box Konishi Yohei
Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei
wooden gift box Konishi Yohei
NEW

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei

wooden gift box Konishi Yohei SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei
wooden gift box Konishi Yohei NEW

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Konishi Yohei
wooden gift box Konishi Yohei

 

 

 

 


 

 
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
NEW

Tokoname aoyu(blue glazed)teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname blue glazed teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Mayake teapot by Yamada Sou

wooden gift box Yamada Sou SOLD

Tokoname Aoyu teacup by Yamada Sou

Yamada Sou SOLD

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 teapots Express Mail (insured) Shipping charges:

Destination/Q'ty 1 teapot 2 teapots 3 teapots
Asia US$19.00 US$25.00 US$32.00
North America, Oceania, Middle East US$25.00 US$34.00 US$42.00
Europe US$29.50 US$39.00 US$48.50
For other shipping methods such as surface or uninsured, do not hesitate to contact us for a quote.

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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