Bamboo has long been used as a familiar material in Japan. For this reason, many Japanese tea utensils are made of bamboo.
The reason for this is that it was very abundant in Japan due to its climate, historical use, and native and exotic species.
That is why they have been the subject of waka and haiku poems, and have been popular as bamboo crafts such as flower vases, wind chimes, and bamboo dragonflies.
Furthermore, bamboo materials are also used in warehouses and storehouses of temples, including Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji temples in Kyoto.
Thus, bamboo has been deeply involved in Japanese culture and art. In addition to tea ceremony utensils, bamboo is an integral part of Japanese life.
1:Bamboo is stretchable and easy to process into a shape suitable for tea utensils.
2:Bamboo is light and strong, making it easy to handle as a tea utensil.
3:Bamboo has knots that enhance the design of tea utensils.
4:Bamboo has high heat retention properties, making it suitable for keeping tea warm.
5:Bamboo has good air permeability, making it easy to dry tea utensils and hygienic.
6:Bamboo is said to have antibacterial properties, making it an ideal material for tea utensils
7:Bamboo is easily available in many parts of Japan, making it a popular material for tea utensils.
8:Bamboo craftsmanship is one of the traditional crafts of Japan, and is compatible with the tea ceremony.
9:Bamboo’s natural coloring fits the wabi-sabi spirit of the tea ceremony.
10:Bamboo is environmentally friendly and is valued as a sustainable material for tea ceremony utensils.
As described above, bamboo is suitable for making tea ceremony utensils in many ways.