How do you hold your Kyusu?


Discussion on virtually any teaware related item.

How do you hold your Kyusu? See OP photo.

#1
5
7%
#2
45
59%
#3
11
14%
#4
10
13%
Other
5
7%
 
Total votes : 76

Postby auggy » Apr 23rd, '09, 23:04

#2 usually but #4 when my hands aren't feeling steady or I've been used to using my glass tea pot.

I never would have thought that #1 would be an option. It seems awkward. Which means I'm going to try it out next time I use my kyusu (which will be tomorrow since I'm resteeping some milk oolong currently.)
User avatar
auggy
 
Posts: 1010
Joined: Feb 8th, '0
Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Postby Odinsfury » Apr 24th, '09, 00:32

#4... I have small hands and there's no way I could keep the lid on one handed.
User avatar
Odinsfury
 
Posts: 87
Joined: Feb 11th, '
Location: Waterford, Michigan

Postby Cinnamon Kitty » Apr 24th, '09, 01:00

#2 with my thumb on the knob on the lid if it reaches comfortably, else holding the lid itself with my thumb if the knob happens to be out of reach.
User avatar
Cinnamon Kitty
 
Posts: 1058
Joined: Jan 15th, '
Location: Syracuse, NY

Postby twinofmunin » Apr 24th, '09, 01:21

The kyusu I have is relatively small, so I use something like #2, except that the fingers I have wrapped around the handle are my middle and ring fingers... I'm not sure where my index finger goes. I also put my thumb on the knob.
User avatar
twinofmunin
 
Posts: 104
Joined: Apr 4th, '0

Postby Oni » Apr 24th, '09, 01:38

I use picture nr. 2, and if the kyusu is small enoush I put my thumb on the knob so it will definitely not burn my finger, I think the knob was invented for this pourpouse.
User avatar
Oni
 
Posts: 1139
Joined: Nov 28th, '

Postby chamekke » Apr 24th, '09, 11:16

I had to think about this one! I almost always use #3.

P.S. Lefties do it with the other hand :wink:

Image
User avatar
chamekke
 
Posts: 1969
Joined: Apr 6th, '0
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Postby Chip » Apr 24th, '09, 11:50

chamekke wrote:I had to think about this one! I almost always use #3.

Interesting, must be a north of the border thing. :wink: I seem to find 3 the most difficult.

I forgot about these photos. I have this Momiji, got it from Toru of A.N. After I received it, I mentioned to him that the handle is very short for my hands. In typical Toru fashion, he got another exact pot out of a box, acknowledged the shortness of the handle, and took some action shots with my kyusu.

Looking at the photos, I think it is safe to say Toru is a guy.
:D
#1 Image

#3Image
User avatar
Chip
Mod/Admin
 
Posts: 22087
Joined: Apr 22nd, '
Location: Back in the TeaCave atop Mt. Fuji

Postby chamekke » Apr 24th, '09, 12:02

I have a vague memory that my (matcha) tea sensei once told me it's more correct to hold a kyuusu using the two-handed approach, with one hand gripping the handle while the other holds the lid in place.

On the other hand, it could be a hallucination brought on by drinking too much tea :P
User avatar
chamekke
 
Posts: 1969
Joined: Apr 6th, '0
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Postby Chip » Apr 24th, '09, 13:45

chamekke wrote:I have a vague memory that my (matcha) tea sensei once told me it's more correct to hold a kyuusu using the two-handed approach, with one hand gripping the handle while the other holds the lid in place.

On the other hand, it could be a hallucination brought on by drinking too much tea :P

Given the efficiency of the Japanese, I suspect you were hallucinating! :lol:

I mean think of all the things you could be doing with your free hand while pouring. Cooking supper, doing a report, ironing... :wink: Actually, I found out the hard way, you still need to focus when pouring with one hand, no multi tasking. I have 2 chipped spouts, no make that 3, as a result of minor bumps while not paying complete attention to pouring. Clay tips chip easily it seems.

I guess there is "proper" and there is "common practice" which could be in conflict. I don't care as long as everyone is aligning the hole with the spout!!!!!!!! That's the important thing. :idea: :lol:
User avatar
Chip
Mod/Admin
 
Posts: 22087
Joined: Apr 22nd, '
Location: Back in the TeaCave atop Mt. Fuji

Postby chamekke » Apr 24th, '09, 19:14

Chip wrote:
chamekke wrote:I have a vague memory that my (matcha) tea sensei once told me it's more correct to hold a kyuusu using the two-handed approach, with one hand gripping the handle while the other holds the lid in place.

On the other hand, it could be a hallucination brought on by drinking too much tea :P

Given the efficiency of the Japanese, I suspect you were hallucinating! :lol:

I mean think of all the things you could be doing with your free hand while pouring. Cooking supper, doing a report, ironing... :wink: Actually, I found out the hard way, you still need to focus when pouring with one hand, no multi tasking. I have 2 chipped spouts, no make that 3, as a result of minor bumps while not paying complete attention to pouring. Clay tips chip easily it seems.


"When using your right hand, your attention should also be on the left hand." - Rikyu :)

I think the reason behind the advice (assuming that it wasn't my own imagination talking) was that it's harder to be careless when you're focusing on using both hands simultaneously to pour. Therefore, it's less likely that the lid will fall off accidentally and break, that you'll chip the spout (or drinking vessel!), and so forth.

The Japanese are efficient, but they seldom multi-task when doing this kind of thing. All attention is supposed to be on the one thing you're doing. Maybe it's the Zen influence ... or maybe it's just the Japanese fixation on doing things the prescribed way. Or both :wink:
User avatar
chamekke
 
Posts: 1969
Joined: Apr 6th, '0
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Postby Proinsias » Apr 24th, '09, 21:22

Never whistle while you're pissing, just to lower the tone.

I tend to go for #2 with my thumb on the knob, sometimes I got for the two handed approach.
Proinsias
 
Posts: 1535
Joined: Mar 19th, '
Location: On the couch

Postby DoctorD » Apr 24th, '09, 22:23

Mine is the perfect size and shape for #2. It would feel weird to do it any other way.
User avatar
DoctorD
 
Posts: 112
Joined: Apr 7th, '0
Location: Grand Rapids MI

Postby chamekke » Apr 24th, '09, 22:34

Proinsias wrote:Never whistle while you're pissing, just to lower the tone.


:lol:
User avatar
chamekke
 
Posts: 1969
Joined: Apr 6th, '0
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Postby murrius » Apr 24th, '09, 23:16

#2 with my thumb on the lid knob. After seeing all the alternatives I think that I must branch out a little. #1 obviously isn't for the faint of heart.
User avatar
murrius
 
Posts: 391
Joined: Aug 15th, '
Location: British Columbia Canada

Postby Salsero » Apr 25th, '09, 01:15

#1 since I normally use pretty tiny kyuusu. With larger ones, I think I use #2 and if no one is looking I might even slip into a two-handed pour.
User avatar
Salsero
 
Posts: 5214
Joined: Dec 21st, '
Location: Gainesville, Florida

PreviousNext

Instant Messenger

Permissions
You cannot post new topics
You cannot reply to topics
You cannot edit your posts
You cannot delete your posts
You cannot post attachments
Navigation