KYUSU NAITO JAPANESE TEAPOT
Kyusu is a typical Japanese teapot with a distinctive handle on the side, designed for leaf green tea preparation. The word ‘kyusu’ means ‘pot’ or ‘kettle’, and therefore in Japan numerous vessels destined for preparing leaf tea can be found under the same name. Kyusu Naito is made from potter’s clay. The entire vessel, both on the inside and on the outside, is perfectly matte black. It is only on the upper part of the pot, on its very edge, that the ore clay shines through the enamel. Within the vessel there is a metal strainer, preventing the tea leaves from getting into a mug, when pouring the tea.
Naito kyusu teapot is an example of Tokoname ware. Tokoname is one of the six oldest traditional locations specialised in ceramics, located in Japanese Chita Peninsula.
How to use the kyusu teapot? Put a portion of dried tea leaves into the pot and brew it according to the instructions given on the package. Pour the brewed tea into a mug of choice. Brew the remaining leaves again or put it in the trash designated for bio-waste.