Yes, this is a chawan...what might be the size range for chasen?
yy, this is a nodate chawan with normal sized chasen. there is a nodate chasen, i'm going to bring back some when i head to japan soon. nodate tea is tea out in the forest, park etc. like 'location' tea. there is a portable chawan, chaire and chashaku (even folding ones). its a small compact kit if u will.
the regular sized chasen is much too large to function well with the nodate sized chawan.
chadougu are endless. there are so many pieces, so little time.
i've seen the large chawan/chasen. the chasen is made specially for this large chawan. i'm glad someone posted a photo of it. i have one, but its not being used/display. this tea ceremony is done one a year .
interesting. when i first started ceramics, my first inspiration/sensei was the amazing work of kato tokuro. second, i was blessed in meeting my tea sensei. naoko shinzato. during the early years, many 'tea' folks that 'studied' tea would tell me about this chawan is too large, etc. blah blah. these 'students' didn't really know.
after handling pieces from raku chojiro, raku kichizaemon, kaneshige toyo, harada shuroku, kato tokuro, kato takahiro and kakurezaki ryuichi and seeing countless teaware/chadougu in museums, i have come to the humble realization that there is no limitations. of course, if the piece lacks a koudai its difficult for a chawan to function as a matcha jawan. interesting note though, kakurezaki has a series of 'melon' shaped , pinchpot chawan that feature a 'innie', tapped in koudai, but there is a small finger hold designed/carved in to the koudai to allow the chawan to be turned upside down and emptied for otemae.
common sense tea is functionality.
i've seen raku kichizaemon's chawan with an 'innie koudai' too. i'll post some pics from his book.
aloha all ! keep up the interesting questions. this is a cool thread. thanks michael