KAIKADO Tea Canisters
KAIKADO tea canisters are handmade in Kyoto, Japan by a 6th generation craftmaster, Takahiro Yagi. Although these canisters, known in Japanese as chazutsus, are principally used for storing tea, KAIKADO canisters can also store a variety of items inside including coffee, seeds, beans - anything that must be kept away from moisture. Each canister is made by hand so precisely that each canister lid will close on its own without unnecessary pushing or pressing. Just line the seams on the side of the lid and body when you wish to close your chazutsu, then watch the lid descend on its own. Slowly and gently, observing the faint sound of air gently expelling from the caddy so you know it's becoming airtight.
Each tea canister is wrapped carefully in white washi paper. Once the paper is unwrapped, it will immediately start the canister's oxidation process with its exposure to air. For this reason, KAIKADO canisters are all final sale. The metal surface of the canister will naturally patina and age depending on its environment. Combined with natural oils from your hand, air, light, and amount of use, each canister will obtain a unique and beautiful appearance over time!
Since 1875, only one family in Kyoto has single-handedly produced KAIKADO canisters, using an original technique with over 130 steps. These traditional tea canisters posses a beauty that is revealed over time -- their metal surfaces changing color as they age. Currently KAIKADO is led by 6th generation craftmaster, Takahiro Yagi, who continues the legacy of his family, while he moves KAIKADO forward in the spirit of innovation and positivity to create canisters for future generations.
100g canisters - 3.75'' H x 2.55'' D
120g canisters - 3.18'' H x 3.07'' D
200g long canisters - 5.35'' H x 3.07'' D
200g wide canisters - 4.33'' H x 3.62'' D
400g long canisters - 7.75'' H x 3.62'' D
400g wide canisters - 5.11'' H x 4.25'' D
Brass canister - Tin (inner) Brass (outer)
Copper canister - Tin (inner) Copper (outer)
Tin canister - Tin (inner) Tin (outer)
Never wash the tea canister as water and cleaning products will cause the surface to tarnish unevenly. Please do not put canister in freezer or refrigerator as it is susceptible to moisture. After you purchase you will perceive a normal yet subtle change in color tone: Copper (2-3 months), Brass (1-2 years), Tin (3-5 years). Like fine wine, chazutsus appreciate with age. It's very important when you're using your tea canister that you remove the lid gently without twisting - for preventing any warping of the metal body or lid. When you want to close the canister after use, simply align lid and body following the seams on the side, and place the lid gently on top of the body and watch it slowly descend on its own and hear the air being pushed out to seal. Do not push the lid down with force or it may warp the structure over time. Once the lid descends so it is mostly closed, gently push the lid at the last moment to prevent air from entering the caddy, sealing it to be airtight. Cleaning: Simply use a soft cloth to dust off your canister and then lovingly caress the body of the chazutsu everyday to impart an enchanting sheen that will create a slow and subtle color change over time. Avoid having it on your counter when you're spraying cleaning products or it may spray onto the canister and create unwanted tarnish.