Sakura Bamboo Whisk - Japanese
This special Sakura Emi (笑) Chasen is unique and definitely one to show off with! This delicate chasen is perfect for whisking both a foamy usucha (Thin- tea 薄茶) or a koicha (Thick-tea 濃茶).
We are proud to be stocking these beautiful artisan made bamboo whisks from Yasaburo Tanimura of Suikaen. Hailing Takayama (高山) in the Nara Prefecture, they are 1 of 18 artisan whisk makers left in the Japan and have been in the industry for 530 years.
Bamboo sourced are organic and left to dry before production begins, a process that takes 2 - 3 years from start to finish. It is sun-dried for 2 months from Jan to Feb. Doing this process, the bamboo naturally strengthens and creates a natural gloss. It is then stored for 2 years before crafting. By keeping the bamboo dry, it reduces the likelihood of cracking therefore a stronger and durable quality whisk. Each whisk is carved by hand with precision. This is the key difference of Japanese-made bamboo whisks over bamboo whisks made elsewhere. Mass produced bamboo whisks, are often made with machines and/or chemicals and skip the drying process and use oxygen absorbers to compensate.
Each bamboo whisk is unique - no 2 whisks will look the same. Clean your chasen by whisking in a bowl with warm water. Avoid using detergent. Stand upright to dry then rest on a ceramic whisk holder to reshape.
Approx 60 tines.
D: 2cm H: 11.5cm
Handmade in Japan