Introducing SUIKAEN (翠華園), a traditional Chasen (茶筅) - matcha whisk - atelier located in the village of Takayama, Japan.
Led by Tanimura Yasaburo (谷村弥三郎), the 25th-generation chasen master who inherited the family's legacy, SUIKAEN offers the highest quality tea tools made from locally grown bamboo, as they have been since the 16th century.
SUIKAEN chasens are handcrafted without any chemicals. Bamboo is carefully selected and transformed into a delicate tea ceremony tool after a winter sun-drying process and an additional two-year natural drying period in a warehouse. A traditional chasen craftsman follows approximately 8 steps: Haratake (原竹), Katagi (片木), Kowari (小割), Aji-kezuri (味削り), Mentori (面取り), Shita-ami (下編), Ua-ami (上編), Shiage (仕上げ).