Tea Chakouro (Incense Burner) - handmade in Shigaraki

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Handmade in the Shigaraki Town of Japan, the nature of the clay in this area gives the tea wear an accent that is distinct of Shigaraki-yaki.

The distinct colour variations are caused by the chemical reaction during firing. Depending on the intensity of the fire and the location of the wear in the kiln, the colour variation of the end product will change. While the black spots that you may see in wear are traces of iron. This makes each piece truly unique.

Using a 茶香炉 (chakouro):

Unwind with Japanese green tea by indulging in its aroma. The aroma of the heated leaves will relax you and create a calming ambience. The colour of the chakouro will also soothe your eyes after a long day. Using the chakouro will also help to deodorise your room.

  1. Place 5g of tea leaves on the top plate.
  2. Gently place a lighted tea candle in the bottom half of your chakouro.

Please note the cost stated is per piece and differs per colour.


Shigaraki, Japan

Pottery is often the craft of choice for tea farmers during winter, as the nature of this season brings field work to a lull.

Take a fifteen minute drive from d:matcha Kyoto's organic tea fields in the Yubune Region of Wazuka Town to reach the Shigaraki area. The kilns in this area are considered one of the Six Ancient Kilns in Japan. While famous Shigaraki-ware includes tanuki figurines, this area has a long-standing history in local pottery traditions.

The use of Shigariki-ware in tea ceremonies was normalised after tea master Murata Juko instructed for these items to be used. The natural characteristics of Shigaraki-made teaware poignantly reflected the wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles of sado.


Additional Information

  • 9cm x 8cm | Height x depth (Including the upper plate)
  • No two chakouro are identical as they are all handmade.
  • The shape of the chakouro are similar but they may be minor variations in terms of the height and colour patterns. As such there may be minute differences from the pieces we have in stock and those pictured.