Japanese Chasen (Matcha Whisk)
A completely hand-made, high-grade Chasen for whisking Matcha green tea into a smooth, velvety consistency.
Unlike many of the Matcha whisks in the market, this Chasen is 100% Japanese. Hand-crafted in Takayama town from Japanese-grown bamboo, this Chasen is sealed with a stamp guaranteeing that it is hand-made by a certified traditional craftsman.
Each Chasen is made by hand using a small knife to delicately cut the bamboo into 80-100 fine prongs, each less than 0.1mm at the thinnest point. The craftsman, Mr. Inada Yusetsu, is one of only 15 certified traditional Chasen craftsman in Japan.
Due to the intricate and time-consuming nature of the craftsmanship, he can only produce around 6 or 7 Chasen per day.
The birthplace of the Chasen is a small town called Yuwa Takayama, and this is where our Chasens are made. Yuwa Takayama has produced over 90% of Chasen in Japan for over 500 years and the art has been passed down through generations. Our Chasen maker, Mr. Inada Yusetsu, can make over 60 different kinds of Chasen.
The raw material is only high-quality bamboo from the Kansai/Shikoku region. The craftsman carefully selects only 3-year-old bamboo, which is then aged in the sunshine for 2-3 years before it can be used to make Chasen.
Always soak the Chasen in hot water before whisking Matcha. After use, rinse the Chasen with lukewarm water and pat dry. Do not use soap or place it in the dishwasher. Do not leave the base standing in water as it may cause it to crack.