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Chasen Whisk - Tomo

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Stunningly intricate matcha whisks hand-crafted by Yasaburo Tanimura, a 25th generation certified traditional craftsman.

H11 x W5.5cm

White bamboo, Light green and dark green thread, Senke style


Recently when we got to visit Japan, we were lucky enough to meet Yasaburo Tanimura, the master chasen maker. It takes 15 years to become a high level maker and Yasaburo Tanimura is the 25th generational descendant of a family who has been producing chasen for over 530 years.

Every one is individually hand made from bamboo that is dried in the snowy winter air of Japan for over three years. Each step to transform the dried bamboo into a working chasen is incredibly intricate and takes a long while to complete. When cut to size the maker will slice into one hollow end of the cylinder to divide the the sections into thinner and thinner bristles. They then will shave said bristles to make them thinner still as well as to produce the desired curl. The bristles are threaded to seperate and shape them into the matcha whisk shape you know and love.


Nara, Japan
34.6994° N, 135.8464° E

Nara is the capital of Japan's Nara Prefecture, in south-central Honshu. The city has significant temples and artwork dating to the 8th century, when it was Japan's capital. Deer roam in Nara Park, site of Tōdai-ji temple.

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