Corona wrote:Those do look rather nice. Just a bit confused on the screen on the black one, if someone could help -
A note on "the black one" -- I just recently ordered the black kyusu (the Kokoro) from Den's. What I received seems to be almost some sort of hybrid of the pots listed on the site (the label on the box did say it was the Kokoro). The color is a deep blue, probably closest to the Yutori, however it does not have the gold "pinstripe" that you see on the lid of the Yutori. If you look closely at the pictures of the Kokoro, you'll see that it fades to a lighter shade of gray towards the center of the lid, and on the top of the handle; my pot does have this fading, the pictures on Den's site don't seem to show this fading on the other pots. So far, it just sounds like my Kokoro is a dark blue rather than black, but now another difference, my pot has the wrap-around obi-ami screen that you see in the pictures of the other two pots, not the spout screen pictured with the Kokoro.
So what I seem to have is a Kokoro, in dark blue rather than black, with a wrap-around screen rather than the spout screen. I'm perfectly happy with it, it's a great little pot, but I was a bit surprised when it arrived. If you care about any of this, might want to call Den's on the phone before ordering a pot.
By the way, if you're a first time Den's customer, they have a green tea sampler for $3 that entitles you to $3 off your first order of $15 or more. So if you order the $19 pot, you can essentially get the tea sampler for free. A nice way to get started with a pot and a variety of tea.