December 10, 2011
Wood Tea Canister
From Wired: "It takes Japanese artisans a year to hand-lacquer and engrave each of these 8-inch-tall cherrywood tea canisters. There's no better way to keep your genmaicha fresh and dry."
From the canister website: "Handmade Japanese cherry wood tea canister, ideal environment for storing loose tea and other food items where moisture is unwanted, meant to last several lifetimes. Delicately made with respect to the beautiful grain of natural wood, it takes over a year to produce these beautiful artisan pieces."
Approximately 8" tall and 3" in diameter.
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The container is made for one kind of tea: genmaicha. This is a powdered green tea that can be very, very costly. It is the tea of the famous Japanese Tea Ceremony / ritual.
Not many of us have the silver tea and coffee services that our parents' generation prized these days - I would suggest that a reasonable comparison to the western world would be a silver creamer - costly, but necessary to complete the set and something that can be handed down for generations.
It beats silica gel packets in sealed aluminum foil & mylar pouches (the way my genmaicha comes and is stored) for its esthetic if not practical purposes.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 11, 2011 1:33:28 PM
$220? I have one very similar to it that came full of tea for maybe $20. Sure it's beautiful, sure it works as advertised but does it actually take a year to create and is it actually worth $220? I'll leave that up to those more sophisticated than me.
Posted by: wombat | Dec 11, 2011 4:59:18 AM
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