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Takayama Chasen - Bamboo Whisk - Emi

Takayama Chasen - Bamboo Whisk - Emi

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The Chasen
Carefully handcrafted by Suikaen - one of the only 17 existing Chasen Craftsman in Japan.
Produced in the traditional village of Takayama, Japan which is the origin of the Chasen 530 years ago.
All natural, completely chemical free. No chemical smell to spoil the delicate taste of Matcha.*

The Bamboo
Premium quality Japan grown Henon Bamboo 2-3 years of age, which are oil drained and subsequently sun-dried for 2 months time in the cold January to Feburary mountains of Ikoma Takayama. Under this climate, the bamboo strengthens and formulates a beautiful gloss. It is then stored for 2 years before it is used for Chasen crafting.

The Process
Suikaen inherits the precious traditional skills from 500 years ago.
A small blade is used to cut and trim the bamboo into a beautiful Chasen. The process of narrowing the prongs is called "Aji-kezuri", and is said to be the most difficult part as it even changes the taste of the Matcha.


~ About Suikaen ~

The Chasen master Tanimurasan of Suikaen is one of the only seventeen existing Chasen Craftsman in Japan. The traditional process of Chasen making protected and passed along for more than 500 years is purely natural and chemical free. This is important as the scent of the Chasen effects the delicate taste of the Matcha.
The products you see here are made from premium quality Japan grown Henon Bamboo of two to three years of age. That's the perfect age for the bamboo to be used for Chasen. The chemical free oil draining, and the subsequent drying and strengthening process which sits the bamboo in the cold January mountains of Takayama for 2 months gives the bamboo a beautiful gloss and glow. The bamboo tea tools of Suikaen are surely worth a try.


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