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
79
19%
2-3
94
23%
4-5
39
9%
6-7
12
3%
8-10
8
2%
11-14
6
1%
15 or more
10
2%
I USE 1
58
14%
2-3
67
16%
4-5
22
5%
6-7
5
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
3
1%
15 or more
9
2%
 
Total votes: 415

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Tead Off » Oct 31st, '12, 00:46

blairswhitaker wrote:This is a little 90ml Kyusu also picked out from Hojo's selection. It is a Shimizu Ken pot, made from reduction fired mumoyi red clay. This pot is superb, has a great pour, excellent lid fit, and the clay does wonders on every green tea I have passed through it, really bringing the full nuance out of some teas I hadn't thought that much of in the past. please enjoy!

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The kyusu is very nice but which shows the real color?

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby blairswhitaker » Oct 31st, '12, 01:08

well color being the eye responding to a wave length of light and the eye being composed of cones, rods, nerves and what not, while weighing in the limited capability of a camera to reproduce these spectrums and the ability of ones individual viewing device...

I would say the second photo is a bit washed out and the first photo is a little dim lit. Of course it's all subjective though.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Oct 31st, '12, 01:12

hmmm, maybe it is Hojo color magic?

... regardless, it is a great looking kyusu, actually they both are!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Oct 31st, '12, 04:53

Tead Off wrote:
blairswhitaker wrote:This is a little 90ml Kyusu also picked out from Hojo's selection. It is a Shimizu Ken pot, made from reduction fired mumoyi red clay. This pot is superb, has a great pour, excellent lid fit, and the clay does wonders on every green tea I have passed through it, really bringing the full nuance out of some teas I hadn't thought that much of in the past. please enjoy!

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P1070222 by blairswhitaker, on Flickr

some Gyokuro
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The kyusu is very nice but which shows the real color?


I got the same clay and would say the second pic is most like the colour. Although a touch less washed out.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Drax » Nov 4th, '12, 15:33

I've finally mostly settled from my recent move and have gotten back into a routine of enjoying tea. My new place lets in much more ambient lighting, so I'm hoping that means better pictures.

To kick it off, I picked up this Xu De-Jia kyuusu from Hou De right before the move. Technically it was sold as a "side-handled pot," but it sure looks and handles like a kyuusu to me. I hope it's not wrong to brew sencha in it, because the pot sure handles the tea very well, and is just the right size (90-100mL).

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Bob_McBob » Nov 4th, '12, 15:58

I am glad you bought that, because I was staring at it for a while and seriously thinking about it :mrgreen:

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby debunix » Nov 4th, '12, 16:40

Drax wrote:I hope it's not wrong to brew sencha in it, because the pot sure handles the tea very well, and is just the right size (90-100mL).


It can't be wrong if the tea that results is good and makes you happy. It's a lovely pot and surely adds to the pleasure of the brew.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Tead Off » Nov 4th, '12, 23:12

Drax wrote:I picked up this Xu De-Jia kyuusu from Hou De right before the move. Technically it was sold as a "side-handled pot," but it sure looks and handles like a kyuusu to me. I hope it's not wrong to brew sencha in it, because the pot sure handles the tea very well, and is just the right size (90-100mL).


Looks great, Drax. The Chinese wouldn't call it a kyusu because it's a Japanese word. I bet it will handle more than sencha.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby solitude » Nov 6th, '12, 04:27

blairswhitaker wrote:This is a little 90ml Kyusu also picked out from Hojo's selection. It is a Shimizu Ken pot, made from reduction fired mumoyi red clay. This pot is superb, has a great pour, excellent lid fit, and the clay does wonders on every green tea I have passed through it, really bringing the full nuance out of some teas I hadn't thought that much of in the past. please enjoy!

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P1070222 by blairswhitaker, on Flickr

some Gyokuro
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Nice kyusu blairswithaker. Did you try to brew in it also other kind of tea than green?

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby blairswhitaker » Nov 7th, '12, 15:09

solitude, only greens go in this pot, the nosaka pot I have tried a few different oolongs in it with great results but this pot I got for greens and greens only.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Drax » Nov 8th, '12, 19:28

I stared at it a long time, too.... :lol: anyway, I may have to branch out and give some oolongs a try before I settle on anything in particular.

Here it is again along with a beautiful cup I just got from Bill of the Split-Fire Kiln. The cup has a great coppery-oilspot-sheen on the outside, and a white interior. The kyuusu/side-handled pot also has a coppery sheen to it; a very shimmery color scheme.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby David R. » Nov 9th, '12, 07:41

For Alex : his kyusu in action in Ippodo's tearoom (Jan 2012) :

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Nov 9th, '12, 13:41

Awesome. Thanks David. Great pic!

@Drax that cup is incredible

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Xell » Nov 29th, '12, 10:33

Got this in Arita, was visiting one of artisans over there. Hold about 160-170ml when fully filled. Quite interesting properties of local clay, light, not dense and retains heat much better than any of my tokoname pots.


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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby hopeofdawn » Nov 29th, '12, 10:37

Gorgeous clay--love the contrast of the interior against the white glaze of the outside!

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