britt wrote:The Hohryu kyusu was my second one and was well worth the price. This was a great kyusu which I finally replaced because I prefer sasame filters over metal ones.
I also have this pot and love
it. Hibiki-an was also my first Japanese vendor, my hohryu was my first kyusu, and although I also tend to prefer a sasame filter, this one performs perfectly, including with fukas (which I later discovered I tend to prefer to asas), plus I love its thin walls and light weight. I couldn't ask for a better all-around kyusu and I'm happy my first choice worked out so well, especially since they were still being shipped in wooden boxes back then.
BTW, while I don't think vendors' posting only stellar customer reviews makes for good policy, I've had nothing but good experiences with both Hibiki-an and Mr. Yasui. I moved farther afield (but not away) simply because I also like tea from regions other than Uji--I guess you could call it a matter of terroir. I'll also add that my friend Amy gifted me with some Tsuen Uji Matcha Manten from O-Cha years back that I was able to compare side-by-side with Hibiki-an's Pinnacle grade and if the Manten WAS any better, it wasn't enough to justify what was at that time a sizable difference in price (if you factor in shipping, it's still quite a bit).