The Pleasure of Fine Japanese Tea
"Tea is nought but this: First you heat the water. Then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know."        -Sen no Rikyu, 1522-1591.

cup of teaThe words of the great 16th Century Tea master, Sen no Rikyu, still ring true today. However, the simplicity of his message is in no way a recipe for the mundane or mediocre. It represents the essence of the Way of Tea, a spiritual path which emphasizes the four principles of wa – harmony, kei – respect, sei – purity, and jaku – tranquility, using tea as the medium of practice and study. But like most Zen traditions, simplicity and essence are often difficult to attain. Without good tea leaves, proper water temperature, the correct utensils, and the knowledge of proper preparation techniques; one cannot produce a good cup of tea.

It is our mission at Charaku Fine Japanese Tea to provide you with the materials and resources to create a thoroughly enjoyable tea experience; whether it is your own personal daily ritual for physical and spiritual health, or a desire to offer the ultimate in omotenashi, “hospitality,” to your guests. We offer a wide variety of high quality teas from various appellations throughout Japan. We also offer Certified Organic Matcha, produced from tencha, hand-picked and granite stone-milled in the traditional method. Our teas are sourced from artisan producers, many of whom are multi-generational, family tea farmers. Charaku teas are fresh packed, in Japan, in nitrogen-flushed small batches in order to bring you the freshest (and therefore healthiest) Japanese tea possible.

We also carry the utensils and accessories necessary to properly prepare and enjoy our quality Japanese tea. This includes hand crafted tea wares, carefully selected from Japanese and international artists. In addition, we provide the educational resources to enhance your understanding and appreciation of Japanese tea. Charaku literally means “Tea Pleasure,” and our hope is that our products and services will enable you to experience the pleasure of fine Japanese tea to the fullest extent!

Please travel through our website to explore the world of Charaku: The Pleasure of Fine Japanese Tea.

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Charaku News and Events: JUNE 2018

Fresh Cup2018 SHINCHA IS HERE! The New Harvest Teas for the 2018 season have finally arrived. Thank you all for your patience. The fresh harvest of our regular tea line-up is now available on the Tea page of the website. We are also very excited to offer some new teas this year: Saemidori Sencha from Miyanojou, Kagoshima; Sofu Fukamushi Sencha from Kakegawa, Shizuoka; Organic Meiryoku Sencha and Organic Saemidori Gyokuro, both from Kirishima in Kagoshima Prefecture. In addition, some teas that we tried last year are now stocked with Shincha offerings: Organic Okumidori Kabuse Sencha from Kirishima; and Tosa Sencha from Niyugauchi in Kouchi Prefecture on Shikoku Island. A unique tea that we've also added is a Wakoucha (Japanese Black Tea.) This Organic Benifuuki varietal of Wakoucha from Kirishima will be a a new tea experience for many. These should all be available on the website soon, but you can also contact me for quicker purchase. TEA! TEA! TEA!

We also have some 2017 tea inventory remaining and will continue to offer this at 30% off, while supplies last. This is our biggest sale ever! Since our teas are always nitrogen-flushed small-packed, these teas are still good well into 2019. It is a good time to stock up on your favorites if you are looking for our lowest prices ever on fine Japanese leaf teas. Please contact me for purchase.

On our WaSabiDou site, http://www.mingei-wasabidou.com, we continue to carry plenty of inventory from Japanese and American potters. From Isamu and Munetoshi Tagami of the Hinata Kiln in Mashiko come Tea and Sake Cups, Tea Bowls, Plates, and Vases. Sachiko Furuya, originally from Yamanashi Prefecture and now living in Honolulu, is also busy producing Vases, Plates, and wares for Sake and Tea. George Gledhill of Payette, ID produces tea wares and functional pottery with a truly wabi aesthetic. John Benn of Washington State exclusively wood-fires Tea Bowls, and works for sake. We also regularly carry many fine Tea Cups and Tea Bowls by John Miller of Portland, OR. We also have many antique works of ceramics, prints, folk toys, and more.

We are also continuing the on-line exhibition of George Gledhill's work. Many of our customers have been collecting George's work through our website, and these particular pots can only be seen here in this catalog. There are nearly 200 pieces available to view at http://www.flickr.com/photos/110543685@N07/sets. The collection includes Tea Bowls, Tea Cups, Sake Cups, Vases, Dishes, Plates, Incense Containers, and more.

As always, thank you again for allowing us to share our passion for tea and crafts with you!

Tatsuo Tomeoka, Charaku-WaSabiDou.