A Chasen, or matcha whisk, is an essential tool for making matcha. Prized by tea ceremony masters in Japan, this Shin Kazuho Chasen is a 66-prong Chasen made with local black bamboo that has been dried under the sun for at least 2 years. Black bamboo is a softer fiber and more flexible than white bamboo, but the density of the black bamboo makes it more difficult to carve in turn producing a Chasen that lasts longer than most other Chasens. Each Chasen can take up to a few hours to make and is carefully handcrafted by Master Craftsman, Sabun Kubo in Nara, Japan. It is light on the hands making it easy to whisk, yet durable enough to last a very long time with proper care. Functional work of art at its best.
Produced by Kubo Sabun of Chikumeido Sabun
Made in Nara, Japan
100% Natural & Chemical-Free
(A lot of cheaper Chasens on the market currently are mass produced due to a higher demand for matcha consumption. Low quality Chasen may contain toxic substances such as preservatives and do not hold up as long as higher quality Chasens.)
How to use and care for your Chasen
-When not in use, keep the Chasen upright to avoid any damage to the fragile bamboo tines or place it on a Chasen holder.
-Check out Feature Flora's Matcha Brewing Recommendations HERE to learn more about using your Chasen to make a cup of matcha
-Rinse your Chasen using water to clean off any remaining matcha bits. Shake off then let it air dry
-Do not use soap or detergents. Not dishwasher safe.
Kubo Sabun of Chikumeido Sabun, is currently the 24th generation of his family to continue the tradition of handcrafting chasens since the introduction of Sado (tea ceremony) 500 years ago. Each chasen is meticulously made by hand using quality Japanese white bamboo grown in the Nara Prefecture of Japan. Master Craftsman, Kubo Sabun, is currently one of only a handful of chasen makers in the Takayama region of Nara. His work has been exhibited in the Lourve Museum in Paris and was recognized as a traditional master craftsman by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan amongst countless recognition and awards world-wide.