The Japanese Green Tea Ceremony - The Utensils You Will Need
The bamboo whisk is used to whip matcha into a frothy consistency. Although matcha is a fine powder, it does not dissolve simply by adding hot water but must be whipped into a froth. The bamboo tea whisk has a delicate outer circle and a separate inner circle of thin bamboo fronds that wok well to blend the water and powdered tea. Sweeping the whisk all around the tea bowl creates an appetizing froth, which also serves to make the tea milder.If a bamboo whisk is not available, a small egg whisk can be used instead to mix the tea in a nonceramic bowl.
Two types of tea bowl are used for matcha – the flatter, open shaped bowl for summer and a bowl with a thicker lip and a vertical walls used in winter.>Matcha tea bowls are sometimes described by their shape – Cylindrical, flat, or a shoe like shape, to name a few – Or by the type of ceramic ware, which includes Raku, Shino, Karatsu, Oribe, and Hagi.Nowadays, some people use matcha tea bowls as small café au lait bowls or coffee mugs.
This is a decorative tea jar that holds the matcha during the tea ceremony. The name comes from the utentils resemblance to the fruit of the natsume, or Chinese date tree.Natsume can be made from wood, bamboo, or paper and are often lacquered. Arranging the mound of matcha in an attractive way inside the natsume is itself considered an art.
This is a slender tea scoop used to remove tea from the natsume tea jar. The chashaku is usually made of bamboo, but it can be ivory, wood or lacquer. It is about 7 inches long. Its origins are thought to lie in the similarly shaped medicinal spoons of the Chinese Sung Dynasty. With continued use, the bamboo chashaku takes on a beautiful patina and greater character.