The Town of Chasen - Nara Takayama

The Town of Chasen - Nara Takayama

Historical Charm

The Takayama Chasen was first made in Nara Takayama. A town with a lot of history. The modern tea ceremony started at Shomyoji Temple in Nara by Juko. The Takayama castle lord's son, Soueki, made a tea whisk, creating the "Takayama Chasen."

Yasaburo Tanimura, a craftsman at Suikaen, continues the tradition of making Chasen (bamboo tea whisks) with techniques passed down for approximately 500 years. Today, the Takayama region is recognized for producing the majority of Japan's bamboo Chasen.

The Allure of Chasen

Chasen plays a crucial role in the tea ceremony, with each school having its unique shape and function. Tamura Yaisaburo offers a wide range of Chasen, tea utensils, and tea ceremony tools, catering to various styles.

During winter in Takayama, the picturesque "bamboo drying" process is essential for creating quality Chasen. Takayama's winter uses the temperature variance to dry the bamboo, creating a scenic winter tradition.

Yasaburo Tanimura's Philosophy

Japanese hospitality, rooted in tea ceremony culture, focuses on paying close attention to detail when welcoming guests. The tea served shows the host wants guests to enjoy delicious tea. The Takayama tea whisk Chasen enhances the delicate flavor of the tea.

As a local industry, Takayama has been thriving in Chasen making since the Muromachi period. The sound of traditional Chasen crafting echoes through Takayama, symbolizing the harmony between land, people, and craftsmanship. Preserving and passing on these techniques to future generations remains a vital role for Takayama.


Nara Takayama, the homeland of the Chasen, is a special place where history, tradition, and warmth of people thrive. Yasaburo Tanimura continues the tradition of Takayama by crafting Chasen with dedication and preserving the essence of hospitality.

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