Weal thrown teapot made in Tokoname by Seiho (青峰). It is a yokode kyūsu (side-handle teapot) with patterned cherry blossoms and butterflies carved into the clay body. The style uses a "sasami" or ceramic mesh strainer as part of the body, to ensure good filtration of tea leaves while still pouring easily. It is ideal for regular or deep steamed Japanese or other leaf teas and can also easily accommodate a tea bag.
It comes in a "black clay" colour with an unglazed texture and white coloured flowers.
Packaging: cardboard box
Tokoname is the location of one of Japan’s Six Ancient Kilns, with a ceramics history dating back to the 12th Century. Over the years it has become famous for bonsai and shochu pots, and its distinctive teapots, including red clay teapots. It is also the largest producer of maneki neko (beckoning cats) in Japan, with interesting variations dotting the access road from the train station.