Our bamboo matcha whisk is a chasen, meaning that it is crafted from a single piece of sustainably-sourced bamboo.
The “Number” represents the approximate but not exact number of prongs, and the more prongs, the more froth or foam it produces. However, this is not an indication of better quality as some schools of tea ceremony frown upon froth. The biggest school of tea ceremony, Urasenke, teaches that an even level of froth is desirable, and so this has become standard among non-practitioners. This bamboo matcha whisk has approximately 100 prongs.
Shape: The shape of this whisk is made according to Urasenke standards with the tips of the prongs curled inward.
Urasenke (裏千家) is one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony. The name “Urasenke”, literally meaning “rear Sen house/family”, came into existence due to the location of the homestead of this line of the Sen family in relation to what was originally the frontmost house (the omote) of the Sen estate. The other main schools of Japanese tea ceremony, Omotesenke and Mushakōjisenke, also follow this naming convention, with the former meaning “front Sen house/family”, and the latter derived from the street name of the family’s homestead, Mushakōji.
Are you interested in learning how to use your bamboo matcha whisk? Check out our blog post, Powdered Plants & Mushrooms Matcha-Style Latte Recipe!