February 10, 2008

A Closer Look at Teacups and Teapots


The white teapot is the one we use everyday. The brown one is metal. We use it from time to time. It is more difficult to clean. The teapot on the far right came with five teacups. The set was given to us when we were guests at a wedding. (Guests receive gifts at weddings and funerals.) The teacups are quite small so we use them for guests or for a special teatime like for Girls' Day or Boy's Day.


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This is the most common design of a teapot for green tea. This is our teapot at the end of the day. Big Sister and Little Brother drink green tea at breakfast and after school. I drink a couple of cups through the day. After several cups of tea are made, the tea leaves fill the strainer. We've had this teapot for almost 20 years.



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The teacup on the left is the size we use daily. We have four others that are the same size. Each has a different blue and white design. Each of us use the same teacup every day. The two short teacups with the flowers on them are part of a set. They match the flowery teapot in the background. There are five teacups in the set.* Each cup has a different flower on it. The big striped teacup is Papa's. You can't really tell, but it is the biggest teacup in the picture. I have one the same size.
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*Teacups, plates, and bowls are sold individually,but they do come in sets of five.

3 comments:

Terri said...

the tea pots look small; perhaps for only one teacup? do you use it to brew individual cups and just re-use the same tea leaves?

Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu said...

Yes, we reuse the tea leaves. We make one cup of tea at a time. I've been meaning to post the directions on the back of a package of tea. I'll do that today (the 18th). Thanks for the question.

Terri said...

thanks! i always wondered about those small teapots.