Gaiwan / Houhin questions
I just ordered my first gaiwan the other evening and can’t wait! I plan on trying to drink directly from the cup ala this 3 part video (with me not really doing the ceremony aspects): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VBJjiEVt88&feature=related I’ll post an update on any issues/traumas I have while attempting to do so.
Great videos – wow – Ms. Hodge was so very graceful in her execution!
I also think she seems like the sweetest lady ever! I spent almost an hour one day watching her videos. I think it’s in the second one of this set where someone off camera gives her some direction and she gets a little flustered. I wish I lived near her store just so I could take a class or two from her!
I also need to chime in and say how pretty both your and Gingko’s sets are. I’m trying not to covet! :)
You’re very sweet – thank you! I’m really getting into this small amount of water/multiple infusion per tea way of drinking (I didn’t even know about it until I came here to Steepster!) and these little gaiwans/teeny tiny teapots are great for this new-to-me way of indulging in some of the great green teas and oolongs!
Plus – I can’t wait to hear about your gaiwan adventures!
This my gaiwan story – I bought a pair of cute gaiwan http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/gingkoheight/1-2.jpg and soon found its lid and saucer just fit my favorite teacup. So I instantly got two different gaiwan :-D http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/gingkoheight/2.jpg They almost look as if they belonged to each other :-D http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/gingkoheight/gaiwaninuse.jpg
When I didn’t have a gainwan in hands, I assembled these into a “gaiwan” http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/gingkoheight/brewingbancha2.jpg
They’re really beautiful!
Thanks! I love your Andao tea set very much too!
Thank you! Prior to coming onto Steepster (in Dec 2009), I didn’t know to do small quantity tea/multiple infusions – but now that I’ve discovered the joy of doing just that & enjoying the ever-changing, multi-dimensional taste of the tea, I’m really appreciating these gaiwans and teeny-tiny teapots!
Before I got my gaiwan I tried using a rice bowl and two saucers , it actually worked..I finally decided on a gaiwan instead of a houhin because I thought the lip that holds the houhins lid would catch leaves and wouldnt be as easy to swipe out the spent leaves as well as a smooth sided gaiwan.I love the way a houhin looks though, and have my eye on one or two ( I need more tea space! ) Yours are quite beautiful Lauren : )
If that’s directed at me, THANK YOU! .sigh. It’s not just about tea anymore, it’s also about teawares and the way to drink it (somewhat) properly though the space in my kitchen cabinets are getting a wee bit full of tea stuff, too! :)