henley wrote:Tea definitely tastes better when drinking it from something pretty.
I think the teaware can change the overall perception and feeling of drinking tea, for better or worse, depending on the specific teaware and an individual's personal taste. I definitely enjoy the experience more when using a Hokujo Sujihiki kyusu and a Bizen cup, or a Hokoju Yohen kyusu with an Aohagi cup, then I would using a lesser Tokoname kyusu and a coffee mug grabbed randomly from the cabinet.
IMO the same holds true for matcha chawan.
If this were not true, there'd be more money in my bank account and a lot less posts on the "show off your pots and cups" thread. However, there are some who can enjoy tea with the basics, so this does depend on the individual. As time goes on, however, even they may change!