The Naruto tea bowl, or matchawan, is a traditional vessel used to prepare and drink matcha. Its marine glaze reminds us of the beautiful Japanese seaside by Naruto Strait. Matchawan Naruto is representative of the raditional Japanese shino stoneware and was crafted in the Oroshi district of the city of Toki, on Honsiu Island, famous for making recognised ceramics, including shino stoneware, known for its unique glazing style. This vessel was first shaped in a mold and then worked on by hand, which results in its unique and unrepeatable shape. Its wide and flattened bottom makes it easy to prepare matcha using a chasen, the traditional Japanese bamboo whisk. This uniquely crafted matchwan will make a useful vessel and an elegant element of the kitchen.
The traditional way to prepare matcha comes from the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It involves using a matcha bowl, a bamboo whisk- chasen and a bamboo spoon- chashaku. Place 2 chashaku spoons of matcha (1,5g) in a matcha bowl and pour 100ml of hot water (80 °C). Chasen in hand, vigorously whisk your matcha from the wrist in m-shaped, not circular, motion. In about 20 seconds your bowl should be filled with a perfect jade-green foam. You can add more water now if you like your matcha to be less strong.
Watch how Hitomi Saito, cofounder of Moya Matcha, prepares perfect matcha.