How many Kyusu do you own? And bonus question, how many do you use? So, 2 answers are permitted.

1
87
20%
2-3
96
22%
4-5
41
9%
6-7
13
3%
8-10
8
2%
11-14
6
1%
15 or more
10
2%
I USE 1
63
15%
2-3
67
15%
4-5
22
5%
6-7
5
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
3
1%
15 or more
9
2%
 
Total votes: 433

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by bizencrazed » Jun 9th 16 8:46 pm

debunix wrote:Beautiful wares. Your Shoryu looks very much like mine in shape & clay, and I imagine is equally pleasing to use every time

ImageNew Kyusu by D B, on Flickr

I need cooler in-use photos to show how wonderful it really is...
They really do look almost exactly alike save for the art.
Yours is absolutely gorgeous. Did you get that kyusu from AN or another source?

Mine is my in general go to pot. I mostly brew genmaicha in it, lower end sencha, and sometimes higher end if I am making for 3-4 people because that is currently my biggest kyusu. It's 320ml.

What do you mostly brew in yours?

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by pizzapotamus » Jun 9th 16 10:07 pm

bizencrazed wrote:My Jinpachi is my baby!!!! Toru is not kidding when he says that they need to be held to really be appreciated. The pour is like nothing else I've ever felt. The kyusu is light and feels like an extension of my hand. If it is at all possible, I highly recommend adding Jinpachi to your collection. I had to snag this one because it is made of bizen clay and Toru said someone was thinking of buying it. If the person who wanted it sees this I am sorry, but I really wanted it and had been working my butt off to save for it :lol:
I'm not the person Toru was talking about but if it hadn't sold that would likely have been my next pot. :x Congrats though and glad you like it :)

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by debunix » Jun 10th 16 2:13 am

bizencrazed wrote:
debunix wrote:Beautiful wares. Your Shoryu looks very much like mine in shape & clay, and I imagine is equally pleasing to use every time

ImageNew Kyusu by D B, on Flickr

I need cooler in-use photos to show how wonderful it really is...
They really do look almost exactly alike save for the art.
Yours is absolutely gorgeous. Did you get that kyusu from AN or another source?

Mine is my in general go to pot. I mostly brew genmaicha in it, lower end sencha, and sometimes higher end if I am making for 3-4 people because that is currently my biggest kyusu. It's 320ml.

What do you mostly brew in yours?
I got that pot from the tokoname teawares catalog. It's about 5 ounces, and it lives at work where I brew mostly greens and occasionally green/light roast oolongs in it.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Frisbeehead » Jun 12th 16 4:21 pm

I finally found myself a Hokujo shiboridashi, after stupidly passing on a really nice mogake one made by him that was available through Tokoname.jp a few months ago and finding out it was sold only a couple days later. I've wanted to get one for some time now to use for higher-end sencha and gyokuro, though at present I do not have either. However I just placed an order through Hirumaen for a bunch of different senchas from him, so I am looking forward to trying those in this shibo.

Not technically a kyusu, but a nice piece of Japanese teaware nonetheless. It is 60ml.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by debunix » Jun 12th 16 9:35 pm

I love those flying saucer shibos.....so sleek and elegant!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by kuánglóng » Jun 12th 16 11:01 pm

Frisbeehead wrote:I finally found myself a Hokujo shiboridashi, after stupidly passing on a really nice mogake one made by him that was available through Tokoname.jp a few months ago and finding out it was sold only a couple days later. I've wanted to get one for some time now to use for higher-end sencha and gyokuro, though at present I do not have either. However I just placed an order through Hirumaen for a bunch of different senchas from him, so I am looking forward to trying those in this shibo.

Not technically a kyusu, but a nice piece of Japanese teaware nonetheless. It is 60ml empty.

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Beautiful piece. Enjoy it!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by pedant » Jun 23rd 16 1:28 am

did anyone grab an iga piece from the new batch (hojo)?

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by pedant » Jun 23rd 16 1:34 am

debunix wrote:Sweet! it will be quite worthy of any special green, not just gyokuro. Wouldn't a nice Tai Ping Hou Kui look neat in that flat bowl?
yes!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by debunix » Jun 24th 16 12:17 am

As I thought, a spectacular presentation!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by theredbaron » Aug 8th 16 12:16 pm

I finally jumped the fence and bought a lovely 95 ml Gisui pearskin Tokoname pot, from tokonamejp on ebay. It's a perfect size for higher quality sencha. I always wanted to have one of those :)
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by debunix » Aug 8th 16 4:37 pm

Cool

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Sasameyuki » Aug 9th 16 7:05 am

Very nice indeed!


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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by theredbaron » Aug 9th 16 3:00 pm

Thank you guys. :)

I had already a few pots, and it is a wonderful pot, both in taste and in mechanics. I can't wait to see how it will develop a patina.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by andresito » Nov 6th 16 12:09 pm

Alex wrote:Ohh lovely Hokujos! Like the seaweed one!

Just got a 150ml Junzo.

Clay is a stunning match for sencha. Best I've tasted for me.

Craftsmanship is also excellent. Check out how clean the filter is!

Very functional piece.

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Its pour is among the best I've seen as well. Like a laser. Seen very few pots with a pour as good as this.
Alex, nice kyusu! Have you tried Hojo's other clays and compared it to the Kobiwako? Curious how you'd rate Kobiwako to Shigaraki rough clay, Akitsu Mumyoi, Sado Mumyoi, and Nosaka.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Alex » Nov 9th 16 7:11 pm

andresito wrote:
Alex wrote:Ohh lovely Hokujos! Like the seaweed one!

Just got a 150ml Junzo.

Clay is a stunning match for sencha. Best I've tasted for me.

Craftsmanship is also excellent. Check out how clean the filter is!

Very functional piece.

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Its pour is among the best I've seen as well. Like a laser. Seen very few pots with a pour as good as this.
Alex, nice kyusu! Have you tried Hojo's other clays and compared it to the Kobiwako? Curious how you'd rate Kobiwako to Shigaraki rough clay, Akitsu Mumyoi, Sado Mumyoi, and Nosaka.

It's probably the best to my taste for sencha, nosaka decent as well. I don't rate shigaraki at all for sencha. Mumyoi is good for black, red teas and Akitsu great for sencha.

Mostly if I drink sencha a flat shiboridashi is my preference. That shape has huge effect on the taste. Rich and smooth and as I'm quite sensitive to large amount of sencha great size wise! Those hokujo shibos brew fine senchs so well.... If you can get hold of one!

Hokujo pieces are apparently going up in price next year!