“Tokoname” refers to a city within the Aichi prefecture, known for its longstanding pottery tradition. Of the six major pottery sectors in Japan, Tokoname’s kilns are among the largest and oldest.
Tokoname teapots are considered “redware”, so-called for the rich, even color that is provided by the iron within the clay. Redware first originated in China, but when the ceramics were introduced to Japan by Jin Shi Heng, Tokoname potters found that the nearby rice fields were an abundant source of clay that was perfect for the craft; this led to a major pottery boom within the city. Tokoname is renowed for its redware pottery to this day.
Tokoname teapots are considered an ideal instrument for brewing tea. The minerals in the teapot’s clay react with the tea inside, imbuing it with a sweeter flavor than when brewing in a non-Tokoname teapot. Furthermore, millions of micro-pores within the body of Ryu Mei’s pots allow for a larger surface area, which causes more of the tanin—the chemical that creates the bitter flavor within the tea—to be destroyed. Tokoname teapots are considered the best of their kind—a must-have for anybody who wants to enjoy their green tea authentically!
These teapots have a built-in strainer for easier brewing and cleaning.