Monday, November 26, 2012

Golden Celebration

Hohin  (or Hobin) is a small Japanese teapot without a handle and is used  together with a Yuzamashi  to cool the water to the proper temperature for steeping.  The tea is served in Yunomi cups.  The small size is suitable for the slow brewing of highest grade teas for a deep, mellow, and full flavor.   Hohin means "Treasure Jar" or "Magical Jar" in Japanese.

The little plum pot poured water for the Japanese Hohin set which is steeping our *Golden Celebration Gyokuro* tea leaves grown in Uji in Kyoto.


The smooth flavor of Gyokuro creates a peaceful atmosphere, and the lovely glimmering gold flakes as they float on the surface of the tea delights and occupies the mind.

Godiva Raspberry Truffle

 Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea.  the afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos,
The fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.
Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.”

Okakura Kakuzo (1863-1913), The book of Tea


Rosemary said...

Such a lovely international celebration of tea for our little plum teapot. Simply perfect!

The Teaist said...

Nice to see the teapot make its Japanese debut! I have a stash of Gyokuro at home, it's fantastic. Also pairs very nice with light, savoury dishes like fish or chicken.

samovar said...

Martha, how lovely! Did you ever participate in a Japanese tea ceremony?

Steph said...

So beautiful! I love that tea ware. Gyokuro is the tea that is used to make matcha, as well. It's highly prized.

Marilyn said...

This is a beautiful teaset for sure. The tea also sounds just wonderful. How honored to have the little plum teapot pour the water for having tea and a most delicious chocolate. I am wondering who you are honoring here today? It has been fun to try to figure that out with each of your posts. And each of your posts has been so extra special.

La Tea Dah said...

I love your little Japanese tea set. It is just beautiful --- and the little plum teapot is a perfect companion. I also love your quote --- it has always been one of my favorites!