Japanese tea cup (Chawan), blue-grey, 150ml, 8.3 x 5.6 cm. The Japanese ceramic tea bowl in artful blue and grey color pattern is perfectly suitable for the enjoyment of Japanese green teas or any other type of tea. The relatively small size of this Japanese tea cup is particularly beneficial for tea samplings, to fit larger tea rounds with limited teapot capacity, or for delimiting caffeine intake per cup with extended samplings or in the case of caffeine-sensitivity.
The chawan, which is both the Chinese and the Japanese word for tea cup, had been brought to Japan from China starting from the 13th century, but just as with their characteristic side handle teapots (Kyusu), the Japanese soon began to develop and produce their own design preferences, resulting in the typical tapered Japanese tea cup as we know it and being popular in Japan today along with the taller and straighter “Yunomi” tea cup design.
Similar to the popular Chinese method of brewing tea in a gaiwan as an alternative to using a Chinese teapot, the Japanese tea cup is often not only used to drink tea, but also to prepare it in the first place. This applies especially to Japanese Matcha tea, where Matcha tea cupss are frequently used to prepare Matcha tea before drinking it from the same cup.