as Americans and the English have teapots, the Japanese also
have a special teapot called a Tetsubin.
In Japan, it is believed that drinking tea from an
iron kettle brings better tasting tea since the water is
boiled differently. Additionally,
with the Tetsubin teapot, you will find that the spout will
only face to the right, where you will see adornment or
Sencha, this type of teapot would be held in the right hand
while in Chanoyu, the left hand would be prominent.
the tea ceremony is both historical and important.
Often known as Chanoyu, this ceremony is founded on
very specific philosophies and procedures.
Together, these two create a aura of inner peace.
In fact, in the Japanese tea ceremony, everything
involved is important to include the types of utensils used
to the way in which the table is set. While different classes within Japan favor different types of
tea ceremonies, the Chanoyu is definitely the preferred
method for the ruling class.
exact date for the start of Tetsubin is unknown, it is
believed it first appeared sometime around the time when
Sencha drinking became popular in the 17th
Century, during which time this form of drinking was viewed
as being symbolic revolt against Chanoyu.
Over time, more commoners started drinking tea and
soon, it had its own place within society.
As the market expanded, the teapot was created as a
means of replacing the expensive Chinese styles of drinking
Then by the
18th and 19th Centuries, Tetsubin was
something seen and enjoyed in most homes.
As a way of providing humidity and heat, tea was
the affluence aspect was eliminated, it became quite common
for Tetsubin to be plainly decorated rather than elaborately
like before. It
was during this same time that Japanese art was also making
a big change, which had a huge influence on how the designs
Tetsubin, a ceremony was created called Ryakubon.
With this ceremony, the settings are minimal,
including the Tetsubin for making the tea.
Another ceremony is called Kaiseki and with this one,
a light meal is served just prior to the actual tea ceremony
a tea ceremony is held outside, this type of ceremony is
It is true
that the Tetsubin has only a small role in the formal
Japanese Tea Ceremony but to most people, Japanese and other
nationalities, it is still very fascinating.
Additionally, Tetsubin is a beautiful yet functional
teapot although the shape and decorations are simple.
Remember that the focus of tea and the culture in
Japan is focused on the Chanoyu procedures, which is
believed to capture all the valued aspects of the Japanese
ceremonies are geared toward esthetics and surroundings as a
means of creating inner peace and serenity, which is crucial
to the tea ceremony. With
the Tetsubin being designed in the likeness of a kettle,
along with iron, many are made from copper, which are called
of the style, the type of ceremony, or the simplicity of
utensils used, this tea brewing vessel is highly regarded
and considered today as a treasured collectible.
Since they are hand-cast by master artists found in
Japan, the process can take as many as 40 steps to complete,
which is why they are so difficult to find.