Shirotake Chasen, Urasenke School

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Origin:Takayama, Nara, Japan


Formal bamboo whisk made from shirotake (white bamboo) for the Urasenke school (裏千家). The prongs are straight in the middle and curled at the end, which is called Senke-gata (or “Senke shape”). The tips of the prongs are shaved thin, so they curl easily. This shape makes a rich foam when you whisk matcha. This is the most common chasen style widely used in the tea ceremony.

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
  • Tea School: Urasenke
  • Bamboo: White
  • Prong: Kazuho (approx. 70)
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