Ode to the Kyusu


Discussion on virtually any teaware related item.

How many Kyusu do you own? And bonus question, how many do you use? So, 2 answers are permitted.

1
75
21%
2-3
79
22%
4-5
34
10%
6-7
7
2%
8-10
7
2%
11-14
5
1%
15 or more
5
1%
I USE 1
55
16%
2-3
55
16%
4-5
20
6%
6-7
2
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
2
1%
15 or more
5
1%
 
Total votes : 354

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby debunix » Jun 23rd, '12, 11:07

Splendid.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby iannon » Jun 23rd, '12, 16:35

debunix wrote:Splendid.

+1
man those Hokujo's have been on my radar so long :mrgreen:
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Jun 28th, '12, 13:04

It arrived today!. And being Hokujo was exactly what I was expecting. What did surprise me though was just how much my 4-5 month old Hokujo had seasoned.

It has been used everyday 2-3 times a day and although I could see and notice the outside darkening the difference as you can see from the pics is very apparent.

And now....some pics :mrgreen:

240ml Yakishime by Hokujo

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jun 28th, '12, 13:15

achyle wrote:
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Here's my little one made by Gisui from Hojo.
140ml, I use it exclusively for Hon Yama Sencha.

Very nice! I cannot tell you how many times I have checked out Hojo's selection.
But, um, can you do a photo of the sakura canister in the background?

Great lil Hokujo, Alex. That is amazing how the older one is seasoning. There is a huge disparity in price for Hokujo's (yes, I have looked at Hokujo's many times too). I was on the Tokname site and they have some for around 85 USD to around 400 USD for the Yohen kyusu-s.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby iannon » Jun 28th, '12, 23:02

Chip wrote:
achyle wrote:
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Here's my little one made by Gisui from Hojo.
140ml, I use it exclusively for Hon Yama Sencha.

Very nice! I cannot tell you how many times I have checked out Hojo's selection.

Ditto and ditto..but then I would have to break my 100 dollar glass ceiling on my per piece purchases :oops:
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby achyle » Jul 3rd, '12, 23:11

Chip wrote:
achyle wrote:
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Here's my little one made by Gisui from Hojo.
140ml, I use it exclusively for Hon Yama Sencha.

Very nice! I cannot tell you how many times I have checked out Hojo's selection.
But, um, can you do a photo of the sakura canister in the background?

Great lil Hokujo, Alex. That is amazing how the older one is seasoning. There is a huge disparity in price for Hokujo's (yes, I have looked at Hokujo's many times too). I was on the Tokname site and they have some for around 85 USD to around 400 USD for the Yohen kyusu-s.


Hi Chip,
here you go.
I have a DVD that came with this beauty, showing how the master is creating this stuff, Amazing but very fragile.
may I post a video link here?
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jul 4th, '12, 00:07

Oh wow, that is a beauty! Thank you for posting, achyle.

Yes, please feel free to post links ... however instead of posting the video here, how about posting this under the regular show off topic for teapots and cups or create a new topic. (yeah, I know it is not a teacup or pot, but it has evolved into a universal show off topic)

If you do not mind, where did you get it and how much?

Thanks again.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby brandon » Jul 8th, '12, 09:58

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Thanks for looking.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby ethan » Jul 8th, '12, 13:28

Thanks Brandon. What is the small piece on the side (on the paper)?
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby brandon » Jul 8th, '12, 13:35

ethan wrote:Thanks Brandon. What is the small piece on the side (on the paper)?


Shimizukage wagashi (bean jelly)
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby debunix » Jul 8th, '12, 14:23

Beautiful pots and setup.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jul 8th, '12, 14:41

Hey Brandon, how about a little info on the kyusu-s?

Thanks!
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby brandon » Jul 8th, '12, 15:10

Thanks Debunix, Chip.

You know about as much as me by now - cute pair of banko kyusu, fully hand made, not especially old or new. I don't understand the correct age of this.

The smaller one measures 80ml to the top, but I think 60-70 is more practical. I like to leave some breathing room when brewing Japanese green. You can see it is a very good match to the Deishi mini yuzamashi.

The pour on the first one is extremely good for an item like this. Some drips down the front but fast pour and no trouble emptying. The effect of the clay was a surprise at first but I came around to it quickly. First time unglazed banko yaki for me...
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jul 8th, '12, 15:30

Thanks again, Brandon. Very nice pair. It is not easy to find matched pair or "vintage" Banko kyusu of varying size. Nice find.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby David R. » Jul 9th, '12, 05:51

Very nice indeed. I missed your photos so much ! :) There is always such a peaceful atmosphere in them...

Banko/reduction baked raw clay is a really good match for japanese green teas in my opinion. Once I tried it, I couldn't go back... Sometimes I use porcelain when I manage to get a high end asamushi sencha or a temomicha, but these are exceptions, unfortunately...
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