Tea ceremony goods - natsume gold & silver dust lacquer

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Tea ceremony goods - natsume gold & silver dust lacquer

The kakitsubata, a type of iris, is a flower that's been loved since the old times. Frequently appearing in enka songs or tales, this is a flower that is essential to Japanese when they talk about emotions. An usuki (vessel for light green tea) decorated with kakitsubata.

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Kakitsubata appear in colonies in wetlands and bear purple flowers from May to June. The meaning of the word originates in the fluid that was extracted from the flower and used for writing. There’s an idiom saying “either ayame or kakitsubata” (both types of iris), but it means each of them is splendid and it’s difficult to say which one is the better flower. The cup features golden plaice on the base of the vessel, with a special silver-coat finish on top of it. Nakatsugi (cylindrical shape) : A cup type for light green tea. There’s a joint in the middle of the cylindrical shape which is why it got its name. Usuchaki: Cups for light green tea are often being referred to as “natsume” (jujube), but only the jujube shaped vessels are actually called this way. All other vessels have their own specific name.

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