These Japanese vintage hibashi wooden tongs have lovely copper bird decorations. Hibashi are tongs used with a hibachi charcoal grill or the charcoal brazier used for the tea ceremony and also cooking at home. These are a purchase from a trusted dealer in Japan as most of our items are, made very well. and are about 30-40 years old. The long tong portions are carved wood with slanted slits around the bottom giving them for better stability when leaning or laying on something. They are in very good condition with no cracks, chips, or damage. These have the good quality of copper and well made by a craftsman. They are in high demand in Japan.
Size: Length 11.6 inches or 29.5 cm. Weight 4.94oz
The Japanese tea ceremony
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. In Japanese, it is called chanoyu 茶の湯 or sadō, chadō 茶道. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae お手前; お点前. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony. Much less commonly, it uses leaf tea, primarily sencha; see sencha tea ceremony, below.
Tea gatherings are classified as chakai 茶会 or chaji 茶事. A chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes confections, thin tea 薄茶 usucha, and perhaps a light meal. A chaji is a much more formal gathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea 濃茶 koicha, and thin tea. A chaji can last up to four hours.
Currently there are several forms. The traditional decoration, given away at Japanese occasions, such as weddings,births, and funerals take the forms of animals or boats. Different animals are created for different meanings, including cranes, frogs, fish, dragons, and turtles are among the most popular.
There is so much to and history about the Japanese Tea Ceremony including items used and their usage, the special reasons and occasions for the ceremonies. To completely learn about the Sado it is best to search for a good book or website to read if you would like to learn more. There are some saved to our ‘Favorites’ the link to which can be found on our home page.
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