Shirotake Chasen, Red String

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Origin:Takayama,Nara, Japan


Bamboo whisk made shirotake (white bamboo) with red strings. This chasen is recommended for special occasions and celebrations. Its shape is Senke-gata (or “Senke shape”) – the most common shape with straight prongs with curled tips. 

In Japan, red is considered a lucky color, and people use it for many celebrating occasions. One such popular occasion is Kanreki (還暦) which celebrates turning the age of 60 and one wears a red outfit for the celebration. 

This chasen is crafted by Komakichi Kubo and his family. Please note that each item is exquisitely hand-crafted and unique so the shipped pieces may not exactly match the photo. This item comes in an original paper box from Komakichi.

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Recommended: Before every use, please soak the prongs in warm water for 5 minutes to soften the tips.


Care Instructions:

1. Gently pull the chasen out of the paper box. If any paper remains, soak the handle in lukewarm water for 15 minutes and brush gently with a clean dish towel.

2. Before using your chasen for the first time, soak the whisk in hot water for 10-15 minutes to unfurl the tips.

3. Afterwards, before each use, soak the chasen in hot water for 1-2 minutes before whisking to soften the tines.

4. After making matcha, rinse the chasen in clean water to remove excess matcha and dry it in a well-ventilated place.

5. Avoid use of detergents. NOT dishwasher-safe.

6. To keep your chasen in the best condition for as long as possible, use a kusenaoshi once dry to preserve the shape of the chasen tines.


Hot Brew Preparation

Cold Brew Preparation


  • Takayama Chasen
  • Made by Komakichi Kubo
  • Bamboo: White
  • Prong: Kazuho (approx. 70)
  • String: Red
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