TAISEN USHIRODE KYUSU
Artisan: Yamamoto Taisen
Origin: Japan, Mie prefecture
150 ml capacity
This teapot is made of red banko clay, which reacts with the tannic acid in the tea, smoothing away potential bitterness.
Banko-yaki (Banko ware) has a roughly 300 years old history. The first Banko pots date back to the Genbun era (1736-1740, Edo period), when a merchant called Nunami Rozan became captivated by the Way of Tea and built a kiln in the town of Asahi, Mie prefecture, and started making his own pottery. What once started as a hobby turned into world-renowned earthenware. Today, there are more than 100 Banko-yaki kilns centering around the cities of Yokkaichi and Komono.