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Yakishimei Hōhin Teapot Set

Score: 5.00. Votes: 5

Handcrafted in Saitama Prefecture Japan, this Houhin green tea set was custom made especially for with gyokuro brewing in mind and is based on a not so often encountered, traditional design. As gyokuro (usually the most expensive green teas available) should be brewed at a lower temperatures and with double the amount of loose leaf, the use of this special set is ideal for gyokuro enthusiasts, allowing multiple infusions from the same gyokuro leaf. This teapot is also quite suitable for light steamed green tea (asamushi sencha).

How to Brew Gyokuro - Step-by-Step Instructions!

The teapot measures 10.5 cm wide x 7 cm tall (3.46" x 2"), and holding about 180ml / 6 ounces of water (without leaf). Included are two small matching teacups and a matching yuzamashi (water cooler) to help lower water temperature. Holes in the ceramic inner body of the teapot eliminate the need for a filter basket.

An extremely nice feature about this teapot set is that all vessels stack within the teapot for easy storage!

Note - While this teapot could be used with most larger leaf green teas (light steamed green tea), it is not really suitable for deep steamed (fukamushi) green tea or green tea with a fine leaf particle.

About the maker Kazuhiro Arima

Mr. Arima spent many years of his life studying ceramics in Kyoto, Kyushu near Nagasaki, and also spend years in Ishikawa. The craftsmanship of this items is superb and many not-so-obvious fine details went into making this teapot. The clay used for this item originates in Kyoto.

Please note that since each of these items are had crafted, they may very slightly from the shown images. If you are a regular gyokuro drinker or have ever considered a foray into gyokuro, you will be hard pressed to find a better teapot than our handmade shiboridashi and houhin teapots! Set includes one Houhin teapot and lid, 2 small matching gyokuro tea cups, and one yuzamashi (water cooler) for controling water temperature.

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  • Weight
    562 g
  • SKU
  • Material
  • Clay Color
  • Infuser Screen
    Ceramic inner spout cover
  • Locality/Style
  • Useful for
    Gyokuro, Light Steamed Green Tea, Single Servings
  • Size
  • Glazed
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  • Lucas Holland
    Feb 10, 2016, 21:56
    I use this houhin to make Gyokuro. It works very well for that. The two cups differing in volume (~60 ml/40ml) makes them stackable and is a nice touch. When drinking alone I prefer to use one yuzamashi worth of water (~100ml) and a larger cup. Overall I'd recommend this set to anyone interested in trying Gyokuro.
  • Sean Hardcastle
    Jun 25, 2015, 01:11
    Another great tea set from O-cha. I will alternate between this and my shiboradash tea set, when drinking Gyokuro. Plus they both look attractive in my display case. Thanks O-cha for two wonderful and fully functional tea sets.
  • Joshua Harding
    May 19, 2015, 10:53
    This is a pretty nice and very different teapot from the kyusu pots that I'm used to. Easy to brew in and easy to pour from. It doesn't even really need the lid for this pot since there's a lip around the top that keeps water from pouring out the top. I like the colors, both inside and outside the pot and cups.
  • John King
    Jul 30, 2013, 07:05
    A really nice set that I mainly use for Gyokuro.  Space in my kitchen is a bit limited so the nesting feature is a big plus.  The odd sized cups do make   serving a slight challenge but it always makes for a nice topic of conversation.  My favorite feature is the exterior texture.  It is slightly rough, almost like a fine grit  sandpaper but in a very pleasant way.  I love how it feels in the hand.
  • Stanislav Traykov
    May 29, 2013, 11:07
    That's a really nice, attractively priced set. It's very cute and practical that you can stow everything in the pot. The different-size cups are strange at first, but have their own aesthetic, almost wabi-sabi, making you concentrate on the pour if you want equal portions, or a way to show appreciation by offering the larger one (or ask someone else to do the tea so you get it, heheh).

Product questions

  • Lucas
    Dec 18, 2015, 02:44

    For brewing mainly Asamushi sencha and perhaps some Gyokuro would the Houhin work better than the Shiboridashi? Thanks!

    Dec 18, 2015, 03:42

    They will work about the same. The main advantage of the shiboridashi is that it's a bit smaller which makes it easier to brew smaller batches of gyokuro which tends to be more expensive.