OK, last day of this cup today. I promise! For today I had to empty out the tea.
The interior is as elegantly designed as the exterior. With a light tea, it enhances the color and texture. With a dark tea, the swirling design gradually reveals itself as you empty the cup till you reach the vortex at the bottom. Remember how the outside of the cup had a ribbed texture to make it easier to handle and to give a tactile dimension to the act of drinking? Well, the inside surface is as smooth as a mirror, no ridges where none are needed. The neat geometrical border frames the interior.
This cup represents for me one of those Japanese ideals: a serviceable everyday tool, completely unpretentious, centered, quiet, inducing quiet, and perfect at what it is.