This Japanese Vintage Cedar Wood Chabako for an outdoor or casual picnic tea ceremony and can be used for storing tea items. In Japan, many tea ceremonies are held informally these days in the parks. This is a well-made high-quality box made of quality Japanese cedar for keeping the bugs out. It has an old style copper and mixed metal handle on top and pull tab on the front. It has enough compartments to hold the following: two large chawan or tea bowls, a tea caddy, an incense case or Kogo, a futaoki or lid rest, a teaspoon or chashaku, a tea brisk or chasen, and a fukusa or tea cloth. This tea ceremony or portable tea box is about 40 years old and in very good condition. There are no damages. A part of the lid is worn as seen in the last picture but not defective nor does it affect the use of the box. None of the items shown in the last picture are included they are shown as an example only. This is a wonderful Japanese item for your collection.
SIZE: Height and Width both 9.1" or 23.1 cm, Depth is 6.5" or 16.5 cm
The Japanese Tea Ceremony
The majority of pottery items produced in Japan are for the tea ceremony in design. The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea or matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.
Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guests viewpoint. A chaji is a much more formal gathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea or koicha, and thin tea. A chaji can last up to four hours.
The Japanese tea ceremony is also called the Way of Tea. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.
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