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Updated: 20 Apr 2024


Antique Japanese Tea Caddy Set
Natsume and Chaire
(Tea Tool-16, 17, 18, 19, 20)


Delivery Time: Approx. 5-14 days
*Delivery may take longer, depending on countries or holiday seasons.


Diameter Height Weight
Tea Tool-16 5.0cm 7.5cm 53g
Tea Tool-17 7.3cm 7.0cm 55g
Tea Tool-18 7.5cm 7.0cm 85g
Tea Tool-19 6.8cm 6.5cm 46g
Tea Tool-20 6.5cm 6.5cm 44g

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SKU: Tea Tool-16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Categories: , ,

 This item is the set of Natsume (棗) and Chaire (茶入). Both are containers for Matcha (抹茶, powdered green tea). The name of Natsume was given because its shape resembles the fruit of Natsume (棗, the Japanese name of jujube). In the past, black lacquerware Natsumes were common. However, with the changing times, various designs have been produced.

 In tea ceremonies, there are two main types of Matcha containers. One is called the Chaire, a tool for advanced users, basically used for storing strong tea. The Chaire is usually pottery. On the other hand, the Natsume is a container for thin tea and is basically made of wood and lacquered. However, as mentioned above, there are pottery Natsume and Natsumes made from bamboo or Japanese paper with lacquer.

 This set item includes both Natsume and Chaire. Tea Tool-16 is a Chaire, and others are Natsumes. Each of the designs has a different look, so you could make a collection of tea utensils by obtaining this set item. Tea Tool-16 has a green and yellow glaze that gives it a spring feel and is decorated with the Shippou (七宝) pattern, which is an auspicious pattern. Other Natsumes are decorated with lacquer and traditional Japanese techniques. You could enjoy the beauty of the *Makie (蒔絵) and *Raden (螺鈿) in these small works. Although they might look simple at first glance, some have ingenious designs, such as patterns that appear when you open the lid. Please enjoy the Japanese culture of tea ceremony and the traditional decorative techniques used in tea utensils.

 *Makie……A typical Japanese lacquer art technique developed uniquely in Japan for about 1,200 years. Firstly, it needs to draw a picture with lacquer on the surface with a thin brush. Next, sprinkle the gold powder from above to show the pattern before the lacquer hardens. This technique makes a gorgeous and elegant look to works.

 *Raden…… It is a kind of decorative technique that is often used for traditional craftworks. It uses the pearl part of seashells and puts it into the engraved surface of lacquer or wood. Thanks to its iridescent luster, it gives a luxurious look to works.

 *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.

【About us】
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. Also, you don’t need to make an account on Stripe for the checkout. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, CHF or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate. 

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. Time of delivery is estimated as accurately as possible by the carrier but does not take into account any delays beyond our control such as by inclement weather, post office holiday seasons.

 We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by EMS. If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  
 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision.

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of tea tool and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.

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