Susudake Chasen, Omotesenke School

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Origin:Takayama, Nara, Japan


Formal bamboo whisk made from centuries-old susudake (smoked bamboo) for the Omotesenke school (表千家). These old bamboos were produced in 100-200 year-old traditional thatched-roof houses in Japan and completely smoked and dried for centuries. It is extremely hard and difficult to shave, so Komakichi Kubo must put extra effort into sharpening his knife before production. The Omotesenke school prefers Kazuho or Shin styles which are both made from small bamboo. Centuries-old smoked bamboos are no longer made, so they are extremely rare, especially of the small size for Kazuho.

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: Omotesenke
  • Bamboo: Smoked (100-200 years old)
  • Prong: Kazuho (approx. 70)
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