Kyoto-yaki Shiboridashi Teapot Set

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Handcrafted in Saitama Prefecture Japan, this green tea set was custom made especially for with gyokuro brewing in mind. Since gyokuro should be brewed at a lower temperature and with double the amount of loose leaf (usually the most expensive green teas available), the use of this special set is ideal for gyokuro enthusiasts, allowing multiple infusions from the same gyokuro leaf. It's also quite suitable for light steamed asamushi sencha as well.

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

The actual size of this set is purposefully small, with the teapot measuring 8.5 cm wide x 5 cm tall (3.46" x 2") and holding about 100ml / 3.4 ounces of water. Included are two small matching teacups and a matching yuzamashi (water cooler) to help lower water temperature. Special grooves in the inner body of the teapot eliminate the need for a filter basket.

Important to note - While this teapot could be used with larger leaf green teas (light steamed green tea), it is not suitable for anything with a fine leaf particle such as deep steamed green tea (fukamushi-cha).

The potter of this item, Kazuhiro 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. Please note that since each of these items are had crafted, they may very slightly from the shown images. The clay used for this item originates in Kyoto.

The craftsmanship of these items is superb and many not-so-obvious fine details went into making this teapot. Please note that since each of these items are had crafted, they may very slightly from the shown images. So 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 for it than our handmade shiboridashi and houhin teapots!

Set includes one shiboridashi teapot and lid, 2 small matching gyokuro tea cups, and one yuzamashi (water cooler) for controlling water temperature. Important to note: As these are handcrafted, naturally the color of each batch can vary. The current batch is somewhat darker and more violet-blue instead of the lighter blue seen in most of the photos:

shiboridashi teaset


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  • Shipping Weight
    398 g
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  • Clay Color
  • Infuser Screen
  • Locality/Style
  • Useful for
    Gyokuro, Light Steamed Green Tea, Single Servings
  • Size
  • Glazed
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  • Kat
    Jan 10, 2018, 21:21
    This set is really lovely. Exquisitly made, it is a pleasure even just to look at it. It is my first shiboridashi, and I am honestly impressed at how much difference it has made to the quality of the brew (I use it mainly for gyokuros, but have tried a light steamed sencha as well). It simply helps you appreciate the tea even more.
    As noted by one of the previous reviewers, the two small cups are great for sharing, but it is perhaps more convenient to use a non-matching larger cup when drinking tea on one's own.
  • Dan Kennedy
    Aug 25, 2015, 08:04
    This is a beautifully made shiboridashi set. The shiboridashi has many long channels for ease of draining and a very snug lid to keep all the leaves in the shibo. Both the shibo and yuzamashi pour very nicely. The set is very nicely shaped with a beautiful glaze. The yuzamashi stacks inside the shibo with some of the thinner foam used to wrap the individual pieces to protect it from the "teeth" at the top of the drainage channels. One cup stacks in the other the same way nicely. I use it for all my green, oolong and white (well, I will when I get some white tea!) as it is glazed except for the channels as I do not brew/drink flavored teas. It is small, but big for me as my dedicated gyokuro shibo is only 50ml. This makes it easy to bring anywhere which is an added bonus if you're traveling like myself. It was packed very well for shipping and arrived very quickly (I was in Japan when I ordered it though).

    If you're looking for a good, smaller, travel shibo set buy it. It is very well thought out.
  • Antti Keisala
    Mar 12, 2015, 19:56
    This is not only my first shiboridashi but also my first order from

    Suffice to say I'm extremely pleased on both accounts. The shiboridashi is wonderful for gyokuro, a beautiful and functional piece of art. For this a big thank you to the potter, Kazuhiro Arima. The two cups are nice to have when serving to a friend, although I use a slightly larger tea cup of my own when I'm only brewing for myself. The lid functions perfectly in allowing one to adjust the flow of water when pouring. 

    Since I have an electric kettle with a built-in thermometer with which it's easy to warm the water directly to the 60 degrees celsius I brew my gyukuro in, I haven't used the yuzamashi that much as a water cooler. It has, however, become an essential tool as I prepare matcha, since it's convenient in measuring the water before pouring into the chawan.

    And speaking of, the delivery was very fast. The EMS package was stopped at customs and I had to pay some customs duties. Luckily here in Finland the system works very quickly, since I was able to get it moving from the customs the same morning it arrived to the country. 

    I was surprised at how small the shiboridashi set actually is, since I had never seen one live. It was packaged very carefully, so there was absolutely no way it could've been broken on the way in normal handling.

    Considering the experience, I'm certainly starting to order my matcha from O-Cha, as well as gyokuro once I'm starting to run out of my supplies.

    Advantages: Ease of use, functional design, the yuzamashi is great to have if one needs to let the water cool to the desired temperature, the two teacups are perfect for serving tea for two, small in size thus easy to store.
  • Dr. Pedro A Enriquez
    Dec 20, 2013, 23:20
    This is my first shidobarashi. 
    I have used it with the matching yuzamushi to brew Kabusecha (@60-65 ºC) with large amounts of leaf (5 g) and small amounts of water (60-70 ml) for the last three weeks. 

    The experience has been quite satisfactory.

    Advantages: Beatifully craft and delicate feel.
    Yuzamushi very handy for cooling small water volumes, shidobarashi for brewing the tea and the cups for enjoying it. The tea pours fairly easily and does not clog, its is easy to control the pouring speed. Easy cleaning.
  • Kimberley Remesch
    Oct 18, 2013, 01:53
    I've been using a Hohin for gyokuro for a long time, but I wanted to try the Shiboridashi to see if there were any differences. I tried this out the day it arrived.

    Right away, I think I like this better for brewing gyokoru than the houhin. 

    First, the tea pours faster from this vessel than a hohin. I believe this has to due with the grooves being very shallow and going to the bottom of the vessel. There are fewer leaves and sediment in the cups, and it is easier to get the last drop. With hohin, I have to shake it more due to the leaves settling over the holes and blocking them. Second, I feel the flavour is enhanced due to the better pouring and a cleaner liquid in the cups.

    I may buy the Yakishimei Shiboridash Set for travelling since the cups don't nest in this set like they do in that one.

    As for the reviewer that mentioned they have a pre-temp kettle: I don't recommend that. Using the yuzamashi adds something to the experience. Maybe it's the ritual, but I do find a difference in the taste after perfecting the art of using the yunomi and yuzamashi to cool the water. Using a pre-temp kettle just isn't the same and the flavour isn't as rich. 

    Also, the description says this is not suitable for fukamashi, please keep that in mind when purchasing this vessel, or I would assume you will be disappointed. Fukamashi is very fine and turns to mush when brewing. I can easily see it clogging the grooves. It does however, make an excellent cold brew when used with a fine mesh.

    Advantages: Fast pouring. Excellent straining. Low price. Hand-made. Easy to rinse and wipe clean. 
  • Robert mckee
    Oct 10, 2013, 11:55
    Its a human made quality brewing vessel..   While it may be perfect for you, I took a star off for the price, and a few quibbles..  

    I doesnt brew fukamushi well (we knew that, OK).. Very few pots do.. 

    In fairness I only use the brewing vessel (not the cooler and cups).. I have a electronic water pot that gives me control over the water temp..  

    I do preheat.. Kevin talked me into preheating, and it makes a much bigger difference than you would think. I am guessing it shocks the tea somehow with an unheated pot, when the water temp drops 10-degrees quickly.. Who knows, I went with it because I thought it a good idea to follow the practice developed over hundreds of years of tea drinking..  There is more to preheating than to clean the pot.  

    The underside of the lid is a dark color with spots, that basically camoflage tea that sticks to the lid (after you pour)..  The lid should have been white on the undersiude too..  So it makes me work harder to flush this stuck tes back down for the next brew..

    Advantages: Human made work of art. A self contained set, where all the cups fit inside each other.. 

    Disadvantages: Price. You have to know this is what you want to love this pot.
  • Ashley Spicer
    Aug 9, 2013, 12:00
    I think this can brew everything.
    I purchased this along with Fukamushi Sae midori and Kabusecha. It brews both nicely.
    To brew fuka, don't shake or agitate the pot, poor slowly (count the poor time as part of brew time so it doesn't overbrew), and when brewing the second infusion poor the fresh water over the filter to clear it. I have only had problems with it clogging when I put too much tea in (1 tsp instead of 1/2 tsp). 

    Advantages: Brews all tea, cleans easily, good for multiple small brews. 

    Disadvantages: clogs when you put in too many tea leaves (fuka only)
  • Nicole Stovicek
    Feb 10, 2013, 12:00
    Absolutely lovely shiboridashi!

    Beautifully crafted, elegant, and so very light!
    Feels delicate in hand, and brews gyokuro just perfectly. Highly recommend this to those who love their gyokuro.

    Kazutoshi Kamei &, arigato gozaimashta!

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