With the soft aroma of tea and gentle light of the candle through the latticed body, this hand-made Iga-yaki Cha-Koro would bring relaxation in a space.
Green tea has a special spot in Japanese people’s heart. It’s something so familiar with us for centuries, and we feel relaxed not only by drinking green tea, but also from its aroma. This Iga-yaki tea incense burner, Cha-Koro, is made from 100% historic Iga clay. By setting some green tea leaves on the top tray and heating with a candle from inside, it brings relaxation with the soft aroma of green tea. If you use this Cha-Koro in a dark room, gentle candlelight coming through its body even enhances a nice ambience.
For any occasion, at any time of the day, you can enjoy the relaxing green tea aroma of Cha-Koro. When having guests over, the aroma of Cha-Koro would certainly make your home feel warm and welcoming. Besides relaxation, aroma of green tea is also known for bringing deodorant effect. So, this Cha-Koro can help making a room smell clean.
You can use green tea, genmai-cha (brown rice tea), black tea, or other types of dry tea leaves. (Inexpensive kind is just fine.)
True “Terroir” of Iga
Iga region, where this pottery is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay is coarse and consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. With this effect, when Iga-yaki (Iga-style) pottery is crafted by artisanal hands, it creates the signature wabi-sabi (“unfinished beauty”) look. This exceptional wabi-sabi beauty of Iga-yaki pottery has been praised by pottery lovers in Japan over centuries.
Authentic Iga-yaki pottery by Nagatani-en
Iga-yaki pottery is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics, and is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in the late 7th Century. This product is made by a leading producer of Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each product is made by hand with care. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products have been loved by both professionals and home cooks in Japan.
Your authentic Iga-yaki pottery develops its character as it ages
Authentic Iga-yaki tableware or pottery can develop its character as you use it over time. The color and texture could change slightly, or tiny crackles ("kannyu") could develop inside. These are all the welcoming characteristics of Iga-yaki's historic wabi-sabi beauty, and we hope you enjoy using this pottery for a very long time.
All the donabe and Iga-yaki products made by Nagatani-en are hand-crafted with care, so every piece is unique and no two pieces are identical. There are slight variations within the color/ shade, shape/ curve, and patterns, among pieces, and that makes each piece so special. Also under different lighting and angle, the actual color shade and nuance may also appear slightly different from the photos in the product page.
Size: 3.3” x 3” x 4.1” high (8.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 10.5 cm high)
Weight: 1 lb 3 oz (550 g) including the candle stand
Material: Clay Producer: Nagatani-en Origin: Iga, Japan Included in the package: Cha-Koro stand (body), tray for tea leaves, tea light stand, tea light (x1) and English instruction sheet.
Usage and Care
This product should be used only with tea leaves.
Do not put oil in the tray.
Always use extra caution while the candle is lit.
To clean the product, use a damp towel to wipe.
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