In a way I was kidding about the chaire. Sorry if I misled you there.
It was just the juxtoposition of the very commercial matcha tincan against the chawan, the wisk, and the scoop that looked pretty darn funny to me.
Chaire are ceramic containers specifically for Chanoyu. They are not for tea storage. The sifted tea goes into them prior to the ceremony. As chadogu they are present in the tearoom during a ceremony and placed in the setting like a natsume. They function for ceremony almost exactly like natsume, but are specifically used for "thick tea" while natsume are specifically for "thin tea".Of course a real Tea Master can use any object they want for any type of ceremony. A old hub cap could be a wabi-sabi chawan .
Thin tea (usucha) is a more informal type of ceremony. Thick tea (koicha) is more formal. As such, chaire are then often considered more "elite" objects than natsume. Pricing for chaire often heads quite a ways toward the chawan range.
As gaijin (foreigner), I often use porcelain for the lids of chaire. Heresy!
Traditionally they are ivory. (These days the cheap lids are made of a resin that looks like ivory.) Traditionally they also have a gold foil lining attached inside, a hold over from the troubled times in Japanese history. This is to indicate if poison has been mixed into the matcha. On mine, I sometimes fire on a high qulaity overglaze of 22 karat gold. Heresy!
Because I am gaijin....... any chajin who is truly "traditional" is not going to buy my chawan nor my other chadogu. Just the way it is. So that being said, I can "get away" with stuff like that I mantioned above because the people who buy and use my chadogu have demonstrated they are already "open" to non-traditional works.
Something to think about however.........
You have chosen to use a nice chawan to enhance your experience of having your matcha. You don't drink it out of the aforementioned hubcap
. You also use a bamboo tea scoop, not just any ole teaspoon out of the silverware drawer.
So the aesthetic qualities of the pieces you use to prepare and serve your tea seem to have SOME importance to you. "Tea Ceremony", in many ways, can be what you WANT it to be. You are not practicing "Chanoyu". You are practicing "SeekerNoYu". You can define that ritual in any way you want.
The ritual of preparing tea for even yourself in a home setting can be a "ceremony". So adding other "high touch" objects into that occasion might not necessarily be simply an "inconvenience". It might be a part of enhansing that overall experience.