Posted by: softypapa | February 7, 2008

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japan Cast Iron Tea Pot Iwachu Nambu Tetsubin Kyusu Japanese Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Authentic antique Japanese cast-iron Nambu tetsubin tea pot (kyusu).  Traditional cast-iron craft items are called tekki in Japanese.  Tekki have been produced on-and-off for centuries in Japan where the art of casting has reached a high state of refinement, particularly with the craftsmen of the Nambu region of northern Japan.  Items produced include sukiyaki pans, trivets, wind chimes and other items, though this particular craft is best known for the incredible tea pots (tetsubin) and kettles (chagama) which are without equal in terms of quality and artistry.

About the Listed Item

Authentic cast iron Iwachu Nambu tetsubin tea pot.  This beautiful old tea pot exemplifies traditional Nambu tetsubin design, with textured upper surface and graceful tapered handle.  The tea pot was made by the Iwachu company (this name is stamped under the spout) who are recognized as Japan’s premier makers of traditional cast ironware.  This old pot has seen much use in the past and today is in very poor condition with marks, scratches and rust over the entire inner and outer surfaces.  Due to its poor condition we recommend this tea pot only as a display piece as it is not suitable for use heating water or sake. This wonderful antique cast iron tea pot dates from the early to mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.  Click here to see more tea pots!

Size:
Height (base to top of lid knob): 3.1 inches (8.0 centimeters)
Diameter (excluding spout and handle): 3.9 inches (10.0 centimeters)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (668 grams)

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Green Tea History

The true origins of tea are lost in pre-history.  However, some interesting legends do exist to explain how humanity came to acquire this culinary treasure.  One Chinese story tells how a famous herbalist was preparing medicine next to a large tea plant when some leaves did fall into a pot of boiling water.  Upon sampling the brew and realizing the stimulating benefits, the herbalist then added tea to his list of medicines.  Another story gives credit to the Indian sage Bodhidarma (aka Daruma) who is the recognized founder of Zen Buddhism.  Daruma-san is thought to have achieved enlightenment only after meditating for seven years straight without blinking or moving his eyes.  At one point during his long vigil Daruma apparently became so overcome by fatigue that he tore off his eyelids and threw them to the ground.  The eyelids are then thought to have sprouted into China’s first green tea plants.

Buddhist priests are normally credited with introducing tea to Japan during the 6th century where it was first popular with priests trying to stay alert during long sessions of meditation.  Tea was later adopted by the ruling and military classes where elaborate ceremonies for the preparation and serving of tea were developed and refined over many centuries.  The Japanese tea ceremony (sadou) is today appreciated as one of the most beautiful and intriguing of the traditional Japanese arts.  Tea is certainly one of the defining elements of contemporary Japanese lifestyle; important in family and social settings and providing catalyst for a wide range of art forms, from ceramic and iron ware, to bamboo craft as well as the very act of drinking.  And while practitioners of the tea ceremony may spend a lifetime mastering the art of tea, Japanese from every walk of life do appreciate on a daily basis the delicious flavor and invigorating effect of this most important drink.

item code: R1S4-0003888
category code:  (KITTOT)
ship code: L1650

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Responses

  1. We are looking for supply of cast iron tea pot from Japan and Korea. Please offer price at C&F Hong Kong. We can take ny quantity.

    • Hello Victor,

      Thank you for writing and for your interest in Japanese cast iron tea pots. I’m afraid that we do not have connections with any manufacturers for these items. I hope that you are able to find a good source. I am sorry that we do not have these items for you.

      -Kurt
      kurt.bell@surugatrade.com

  2. Hi My friend Sandra wanted me to contact you – she has the exact tea pot that you have on your picture. Her tea pot is over 100 years old and it is marked under the spout. If interested – please contact her at 618-520-6732. She does not have a working e-mail at this time! Thanks!


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