Wild Sakura (Cherry) Bark Tea Caddy | Japan
2 to 3 days
2 to 7 days
CraftArt of the Samurai
When the Japanese Cherry tree blossoms, it seems it's only human nature to want to invite that pink beauty closer and into the home! And for some creative handcraft artists in Akita, Japan, it was the lovely, redish bark of wild cherry growing deep in the mountains that centuries ago led to the craftArt known as "kabazaiku."
Though this craft initially was the handicraft of samurai to supplement their incomes in times of peace, over the many hundreds of years it grew in popularity as an artistic expression of nature revered. In 1976 was officially certified as a "traditional craft of Japan" through the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Today, artists continue to create and design contemporary objects, like this Wild Sakura Bark Tea Caddy, using the many passed-down skills.
A Bit of Poetry in Connection...
The connection between the tea caddy and the tea sipper begins at that moment of intention - a cup of tea. The tea caddy holding and preserving tea leaves, keeping them fresh at the ready to bring about the perfect cup of tea.
It starts by setting out the tea caddy and modern cup. It flows and continues with a kettle whistle and some curly steam. And from the tea caddy, a bit of green leaves. The caddy sitting on the table now, a handmade, craftArt object to enjoy with the bit of tea. Were it not for the tea sipper, the tea caddy would have no meaning. Were it not for the caddy, the tea sipper would have no tea. The connection between tea caddy and tea sipper complete.