This pretty matcha cup is hand-crafted by century-old artisan potters in Japan. It features sakura - cherry blossom, which thrives in spring. Shortly after the cherry blossom season, spring harvest of green tea in Japan gets ready. Matcha green tea plants, tencha, will then be shaded for about 3 weeks and harvested in early May. After picking, the leaves are then steamed, dried, and ground into a fine powder. During the final three weeks in the shade, the plants produce more thiamine and caffeine, which in combination are said to produce a soothing yet invigorating effect when consumed. Match tea is consumed by mixing and whisking the powder with hot water in a match chawing (match tea bowl). Typically, match bowls are 4-1/2 to 5 inches in diameter measured at the rim. The sides of the bowl are usually formed slightly inward from a right angle, and are about 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches in height. These dimensions are ideal for vigorously whisking the powder with the hot water into a froth. The ample diameter of the inner bowl allows for enough surface area to energetically whisk and aerate the concoction, while the relatively tall and angled sides ensure against spills. Choosing an authentic, high-quality match bowl is not only essential for proper whisking, but should also be pleasurable to look at and hold.
Hanging glaze match bowl with Sakura cherry Blossom design