Takayama Chasen Smoked
A traditional Matcha whisking tool for preparing both Usucha and Koicha
Our Full-Hand 64 prong Tsuneho Chasen is a stunning example of the traditional art of bamboo whisk-making, passed down through the generations of the Hirata family for over 500 years since the Muromachi Period. Expertly crafted by 20th-generation artist Hirata Kazuhisa in Takayama, Nara prefecture, Japan, each whisk is a unique masterpiece of artisanal skill and precision.
To create our Chasen, Hirata-san begins by selecting the finest white Hachiku bamboo from the Kansai region. This bamboo is then carefully dried and seasoned for three years, ensuring the ideal balance of strength and flexibility. Once matured, the bamboo is smoked to impart its signature dark hue. The prongs of the whisk are meticulously shaped by hand using the highly acclaimed "fingertip art" technique, a revered skill now practised by only a few selected master artisans in the Takayama village, the northwest region of Nara prefecture. Hirata-san meticulously shapes the prongs of the whisk by hand. This technique results in prongs that are not only functional but also visually stunning, showcasing the mastery of the artisan's craft.
Designed with the utmost attention to detail, the end result is a Chasen that is not only beautiful to look at but also optimally designed for use in preparing both Usucha (thin tea) and Koicha (thick tea). With its comfortable grip and precisely shaped prongs, our Full-Hand Chasen is the perfect tool for achieving a rich, frothy Matcha with ease. It's no wonder that Hirata-san's work has been featured in exhibitions around the world - each whisk is truly a work of art.
Is hard to believe that with all the effort put into crafting this whisking device, in the past, a Chasen was a disposable tool that was discarded after one use.
The 64 prong of the whisk creates a mesmerizing pattern that enhances the aesthetics and elevates the sensory experience of your Matcha preparation ritual.
Materials: Bamboo, dried for 3 years - * Stand not included
Dimensions: Height 11cm / Diameter 6cm
Origin: Takayama, Nara, Japan
Artisan: Hirata Kazuhisa
Care: Wash and rinse only the prongs with water by hand removing all residue of matcha, do not use soap, let it dry naturally without using the Chasen stand until properly dried to prevent mould. Avoid getting the handle wet. Use a Chasen stand to keep it in shape. Because of its handmade nature, this utensil is not microwave, oven, or dishwasher safe.