Cherry Tree bark Tea Canisters are loved by Japanese several decades. It is durable. It can be used in 2-3 generations.
Durability is one of the prerequisite for ”Japanese Traditional Art Craft"
Cherry Tree bark is antibacterial. Cherry Tree bark canister has high sealability and keep things inside dry (moisture proof). Due to the reason, cherry tree bark cases used be used as medicine and tobacco case in Edo period.
Cherry Tree bark canister will keep quality of your tea leaves well!
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Please put tea leaves only amount for 2 -4 weeks consumption in the canister. The rest of tea leaves should be kept in refrigerator. Please refer our article of how to store tea leaves: https://shihateacomfort.com/preservegreentea
This is not portable canister. It is supposed to be used at home. The cap (ild) is tight but not tight enough to carry around. In case you carry, put the canister in the cloth bag not let the lid come off （see photo for reference / small canister )
Tea spoon has Japanese tradition tea leaf spoon shape. It is good to scoop Japanese green tea leaves and keep it into a teapot.
Lid of the canister can be a measure cup. You can put appropriate amount(volume) of tea leaves in the lid cup from tea canister, then put it into a teapot.
The artisan explains that most difficult part is to let tree bark stick and stay on the body firmly.
The artisan produce canister based on the their sense and experience.
Peel off bark from tree, dry the bark 2-3 years because it contain certain amount of moisture. If it is used without drying, it shrinks.
Make the surface of the bark smooth and according to its color and pattern on the bark, decide how to use. As you can imagine, each piece of canister have unique pattern.
Make form. The body is wood (Japanese wing nut) and the inner and outer surface is cherry bark.
As you see in the photo, inner cylindrical case is placed in outer cylindrical case.
Recent years they are facing shortage of raw material (tree bark). It is becoming valuable to have cherry Tree bark Tea canisters.
They are made in Kakunodate city in Akita prefecture, which is located northern Japan. Northern Japan produce high quality wood products.