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Updated: 13 Jun 2024

Antique Japanese Tea Caddy
Natsume (Tea Tool-10)


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


Diameter Height Weight
7.8cm 5.0cm 73g

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SKU: Tea Tool-10 Categories: , ,

 This item is the Natsume (棗), which is a container for Matcha (抹茶, powdered green tea). This name 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 (茶入), a tool for advanced users, basically used for storing strong tea. 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.

 About the design, its theme is a combination of the Mirugai (海松貝) and wave patterns. Various types of shells, such as bivalves and snails, are depicted on this Natsume. The Miru (海松) refers to seaweed. It was given its name because this seaweed is similar to the shape of pine needles. A picture of shellfish(es) eating this seaweed, or simply a combination of shellfish(es) and this seaweed, is called the Mirugai pattern. The designs that depict seashells, seaweed, waves, pine trees, and other seascapes are traditional Yusoku Monyou (有職文様, traditional patterns used for costumes, furnishings, architecture in court noble society after the Heian period), and are called the Kaifu (海賦) patterns. It could be inferred that these patterns were both familiar and prestigious to Japanese people in the past, and the fact that they are used to decorate elegant tea ceremony utensils such as this Natsume gives a glimpse of the tastes of the people back then.

 We would categorize the wave pattern that is depicted on this Natsume as a kind of Seigaiha (青海波) pattern. According to a theory, this design symbolizes the benefits of the vast sea. This infinite wave pattern is an auspicious pattern. People used it, wishing eternal happiness and peaceful lives for the future. This container is painted gold on the outside and inside, and the seaweed pattern mentioned above is also drawn. This Natsume is highly decorative, and we imagine that it played an active role not only as a container for Matcha but also as one of the colors that entertained the eyes of the participants at tea ceremonies.

 *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】
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【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.

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【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.

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