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All of the Tea cups are handcrafted by craftsmen at the Echizen kiln, one of the 6 ancient kilns in Japan.
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Enjoy the essence of Japanese Tea with the Echizen Tea Cup Set

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This set includes a hot water cooler which would retain the most suitable temperature that would maximize the scent of the tea.
   All of the Tea cups are handcrafted by craftsmen at the Echizen kiln, one of the 6 ancient kilns in Japan.

The ancestors who lived in the archipelago had discovered earthenwares more than 12000 years ago, making Japanese Yakimono one of the most historically lasting craftsmanship in the world.
   Through centuries of inheritance and improvements, Japanese Pottery has achieved worldwide reputation in its craftsmanship.
   Moreover, the richness in different types of earthenwares at Echizen is also ranked one of the top in the world.

The history of Echizen Pottery could be traced back to around 850 years ago.
   In 1948, Echizen kiln was recognized by the government as one of the 6 representative kilns in Japan, and thus became renowned in the country.

In 2017, the agency of cultural affairs officially classified Echizen Pottery as a “Japanese cultural heritage”.
   Ever since then, numerous campaigns promoting Pottery had been carried not only within Japan, but also overseas.

We only use earthenwares from our production land as the raw materials for Echizen Pottery.
   With a large amount of iron included, It can easily pull out the scent of the tea.

One of the most appealing feature of Echizen Pottery is its connection to nature.
   You can feel the warmth of natural earthenwares and the dedication of Echizen Craftsman by using it in your daily lives.
   Unlike other pottery craftsmanships around the world which focus on the beauty of good proportions that are discreetly designed, Echizen Pottery emphasizes more on the beauty born of the natural shapes and colors.
   This means that each and every Pottery is unique from others and the only one in the world.

For this project, through using Echizen Pottery techniques, we’ve made tea sets  that would help you to enjoy Japanese tea.

In the process of tea-making, it is important to cool down the boiled water by 10 degrees in order to achieve the best taste.
   Therefore, we’ve included a hot water cooler in our tea sets which would help you to make enjoyable tea even with simple tea decks.

It is a cultural tradition in Japan to serve tea when a guest visits the house.
   Gradually, Sado, the Japanese tea culture, was developed from such a long lasting tradition.
   It became an “omotenashi”, the Japanese term for hospitality, that could only be seen in Japan.

Enjoying tea in a tranquil space while experiencing the Japanese concept of beauty “wabi (simplicity)” and “sabi (elegance)”.
   This is what we call the essence of the Japanese tea culture.

However, it would be extremely costly to have all the tea utensils ready at home.
   Therefore, with the desire to promote tea culture to more people,  this time we’ve carried out a product design project specifically on tea sets.

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About Housaigama

Toyokazu Yoshida, an experienced craftsman from the Housaigama kiln, is in charge of making our tea sets.
   He has more than 30 years of experiences in his craftsmanship. 

When he was young, Yoshida has devoted himself in improving Pottery crafting skills.
   Right now, he is even able to make the tools necessary to shape Pottery.

“There is a deep heritage and long history in Japanese tea culture.
   Through using the tea sets, we would like people to experience the culture not only through drinking the tea, but also through enjoying the space of tea drinking and the human relations emerged from the tea culture”

Said Yoshida.

Yoshida not only makes ordinary Pottery products such as vessels, but also produces artworks that depict the local culture and people’s daily lives.

He is currently utilizing the experiences and the unique perspectives he accumulated from his past works as the inspirations for his new works.

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Rewards

  • Handmade Echizen Small Plates

The plates are handmade by craftsman Yoshida one by one.
   By adding some Japanese elements on your table, you can make your meal extraordinarily elegant.
   We have different colors and shapes for you to choose.   

[Leaf blue]

 [Leaf white]

[Leaf green]

[Circle black]

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  • The Essence of Echizen Crafts: Hirara

"Hirara"is known to have 3 times deeper taste than regular sake.
    The rim is thiner than 1mm, which is very hard to achieve with regular Pottery techniques.
    With such a thin rim, the flavored taste is significantly stronger than usual.
    The available colors are black and brown.

left: brown / right: black
left: brown / right: black
"hirara" and dedicated wooden box
"hirara" and dedicated wooden box

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  • Handmade Tea Set

We also present to you the tea set which is completely handmade by Echizen craftsmen.
All the tools that are necessary for tea drinking are included in the set.

The set includes boiled water cooler × 1, teacup × 1, tea strainer × 1, tea cover × 1 and japanese tea leaf × 1. 

A hot water cooler is given along with the tea set in order to retain the most suitable temperature that would maximize the scent of the tea. 

Please enjoy the special experience of drinking tea with our tea set. 

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Currently, we have 4 colors available for you to choose.

[Color 1] Black

[Color 2] White

[Color 3] Yellow 

[Color 4] Brown 

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  • Tea Pair Set for Couples

If you would like to enjoy tea with your loved ones, this tea set with a pair of tea cups and tea strainers would definitely be your best choice.  

The set includes boiled water cooler × 1, teacup × 2, tea strainer × 2, tea cover × 2 and japanese tea leaf × 1.

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  • Top Class Japanese Tea

We will send to you the top class Japanese tea provided by The Tea Company Inc.

Originally imported from China over 1000 years ago, tea has now become an irreplaceable cultural heritage in Japan.

Our team members were trained in Taiwan, the origin of oolong tea.
With their professional experiences in plantation, management, selection and wrapping up, we can assure you the highest quality of tea within Japan.

Our tea comes from a previously abandoned cultivated land that is renovated as our pesticide-free organic farmland.
   We provide top quality tea that is explicitly made in Japan.

Please enjoy the best Japanese tea experience brought to you by The Tea Company Inc..

We have 4 types of tea available to you.

Gyokuro
Gyokuro

The most representative type of high-class sencha.
    Gyokuro is widely known for its dense sweetness emerged from the natural tea-leaves which are processed with the skills of the tea masters.
    The sweet taste would pervade in your mouth when you drink the tea.

Okumidori
Okumidori

The refined taste and scent of omikudori tea come from plantations that are located deep in the mountain, covered with snow in the winter and heavy mountain mist in the other seasons.
    There is an exquisite balance in the sweetness and bitterness of the tea, which gives you a memorable tea drinking experience.

Gangane-tea
Gangane-tea

The moment you add boiled water into the Karigane roasted tea, the fragrant aroma rises in the air.
    As you taste the tea, you will be cured by the sweetness of the Karigane roasted tea that spreads in your mouth.

Houji-tea
Houji-tea

By roasting red tea, sweet scent that is comparable to cocoa will spread in the air.
    It will taste like honey once it enters your mouth.

Gift-set
Gift-set

The Tea Company Inc. WEB site → http://the-teacompany.jp/ 

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  •  Workshop Tour  + Echizen Tea Pair Set 

We invite you to visit Housaigama Kiln, at which you can witness the mastery of the craftsman which is developed from 30 years of experiences.
You can also experience pottery-making in the Fukui pottery museum nearby.
If you go further to the suburban area, you can also visit all the spots where traditional craftsmanship such as Echizen washi and Echizen urushi were born.

Echizen tea pair set handed down during the tour, includes boiled water cooler × 1, teacup × 2, tea strainer × 2, tea cover × 2 and japanese tea leaf × 1.

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We also have other projects

Echizen Lacquer
Echizen Lacquer
Echizen Washi
Echizen Washi
Echizen Knife
Echizen Knife
Echizen Furniture
Echizen Furniture

We would like more people to know the charm of Japanese traditional crafts.
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    A Video “Thank You Message”

    A video “thank you message” featuring the Echizen craftsman will be delivered to you.*

    He will share with you his personal experience of being a craftsman and his understanding of Yakimono. You will also be able to have a glance at the workshop which is not opened to the public.

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    Handmade Echizen Small Plates

    Handmade small plate pair set

    Echizen plate x 1

    The plates are handmade by craftsmen who have been making yakimono products for over 30 years.

    Please use it when you're eating with your friends or family. The colorful plates would make the meal more enjoyable.

    Please choose 1 combination of color and shape from below:

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    round small plate(size:radius 8.5cm × hight 3.5cm)
    【color】
    ・Only black

    leaf-like plate(size: Length 17cm × width 7㎝× height 3.5cm)
    【color】
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    Top-Class Japanese Tea (Gangane Roasted)

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    Inner capacity: 35g
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    Small Plate Pair Set

    Handmade small plate pair set

    Echizen plate x 2

    The plates are handmade by craftsmen who have been making yakimono products for over 30 years.

    Please use it when you're eating with your friends or family. The colorful plates would make the meal more enjoyable.

    Please choose 2 combinations of colors and shapes from below:

    ーーーーーーーー
    round small plate(size:radius 8.5cm × hight 3.5cm)
    【color】
    ・Only black

    leaf-like plate(size: Length 17cm × width 7㎝× height 3.5cm)
    【color】
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    ・light blue
    ・light green

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    Top-Class Japanese Tea (Okumidori)

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    We provide top quality tea that is explicitly made in Japan.

    Please enjoy the best Japanese experience brought to you by The Tea Company Inc..

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    Inner capacity: 60g
    Sweet ★★
    Taste ★★
    Astringent ★★
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    Top-Class Japanese Tea (Gyokuro Tea)

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    Please enjoy the best Japanese experience brought to you by The Tea Company Inc..

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    Sweet ★★★
    Taste ★★★
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    The Essence of Echizen Crafts: Hirara

    Thin rim「hirara」 x1
    (size:radius 8cm × height 4.5cm)

    「Hirara」is known to have 3 times deeper taste than regular sake. The rim is thiner than 1mm, which is very hard to achieve with regular yakimono techniques. With such a thin rim, the flavored taste is significantly stronger than usual. The available colors are black and brown.

    If you store it in regular temperature, the taste will be even stronger. Please try it out!

    Please choose a color from below

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    【color】
    ・black
    ・brown

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    Top Class Japanese Tea (Pair set)

    Our tea comes from a previously abandoned cultivated land that is renovated as our pesticide-free organic farmland.
    We provide top quality tea that is explicitly made in Japan.

    Please enjoy the best Japanese tea experience brought to you by The Tea Company Inc..

    You can select one from Category-1 and one from Category-2 listed as the following

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    【Category-1】
    ・Gyokuro Tea(Inner capacity: 60g)
    ・Okumidori(Inner capacity: 60g)

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    ・Karigane Roasted Tea(Inner capacity: 35g)
    ・Roasted Red Tea(Inner capacity: 35g)
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    Hirara Pair Set

    Thin rim「hirara」 x2
    (size:radius 8cm × height 4.5cm)

    「Hirara」is known to have 3 times deeper taste than regular sake. The rim is thiner than 1mm, which is very hard to achieve with regular yakimono techniques. With such a thin rim, the flavored taste is significantly stronger than usual. The available colors are black and brown.

    If you store it in regular temperature, the taste will be even stronger. Please try it out!

    Please choose a color from below

    ーーーーーーーー

    【color】
    ・black
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    Hand-made Tea Set

    The tea set is delicately made by a craftsman with 30 years of relevant experiences.
    A hot water cooler is given along with the tea set in order to retain the most suitable temperature that would maximize the scent of the tea.

    Please enjoy it along with the top class Japanese tea brought to you by The Tea Company Inc..

    You can choose the color of the tea set from the colors available as listed below. We will release new colors in the future.

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    【Color】
    ・BLACK
    ・WHITE
    ・YELLOW
    ・BROWN
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    Please choose one type of tea from below
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    【Type】
    ・Gyokuro Tea(Inner capacity:60g)
    ・Okumidori(Inner capacity:60g)
    ・Karigane Roasted Tea(Inner capacity:35g)
    ・Roasted Red Tea(Inner capacity:35g)
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    Workshop Tour + Echizen Tea Pair Set

    We would like to invite you to visit the “Housaigama”, the hidden workshop of Echizen crafts which are not opened to the public.

    You will be able to witness the magic performed by the craftsman which turns pottery clay into beautiful products. It can only be achieved with 30 years of restless practices.

    ※You will be responsible for the transportation fee and the accommodation fee.

    You can choose 1 colors from the list below. We will release new colors in the future.

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    【Color】
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    ・WHITE
    ・YELLOW
    ・BROWN
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    Tea Pair Set for Couples

    If you would like to enjoy tea with your loved ones, this tea set with a pair of tea cups and tea strainers would definitely be your best choice.
    With Top Class Japanese Tea that is delivered along with the tea set, you will get to enjoy a relaxing moment with the loved ones.

    You can choose 1 colors from the list below. We will release new colors in the future.

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    【Color】
    ・BLACK
    ・WHITE
    ・YELLOW
    ・BROWN
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    Please choose one type of tea from below

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    【Type】
    ・Gyokuro Tea(Inner capacity:60g)
    ・Okumidori(Inner capacity:60g)
    ・Karigane Roasted Tea(Inner capacity:35g)
    ・Roasted Red Tea(Inner capacity:35g)
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