Handcrafted chasen made by Mr. Tango Tanimura in Takayama, Nara, who is a 20th generation chasen craftsman from a 500-year-old of a chasen maker’s family. This shin kazuho is made of local black bamboo in Japan. This version incorporates coloured strings adding a little non-traditional flare. The contrast with the black bamboo is amazing. These are limited in supply.
Black bamboo has softer, more flexible fibre than white bamboo and this helps to protect against cracking. The high density of black bamboo makes it especially difficult to carve, but produces a beautiful chasen that lasts longer than those made of other bamboo. This characteristic, along with the number and design of the strands is particularly helpful in dry climates.
We visited his studio and learned about his skills and traditional craftsmanship. His chasen are beautiful and functional. They are 100% natural and chemical-free. MATSU KAZE TEA imports his products directly by air in order to maintain quality.
Note: The handles can crack, especially in dry climates. This does not impact the functionality of the chasen. For some, it is consistent with Japanese art to see this as adding character.
- 64-66 strands
- D60xH120 mm (Box: L125xW66xH60 mm)
- Handmade by Mr. Tango Tanimura
- Local black bamboo from Nara Prefecture
- Made in Japan