Set of copper and tin tea canisters engraved with Ippodo seal (large size)
Set of copper and tin tea canisters engraved with Ippodo seal (large size)

A canister to cherish for life (holds 200 g of gyokuro/sencha)

Set of copper and tin tea canisters engraved with Ippodo seal (large size)



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A present that will last a lifetime. The canisters can be used to store all sorts of things, not only Japanese tea.

From a tea merchant's perspective, how you store tea is very important. Ippodo tea canisters are handmade by Kaikado, a specialist in producing utensils that preserve the flavour of tea. The solid character and ample size make these canisters suitable for storing coffee and other purposes, not only Japanese tea. The wedding of two different canisters, copper and tin, makes this set particularly appropriate for a gift on auspicious occasions.

How do Ippodo staff use it?

Parents and respected elderly people in celebration of a big birthday or anniversary, accompanied by wishes for their ongoing health and activity.

  • Kaikado—tea canisters with functional beauty

    Founded in 1875, Kaikado is the oldest maker of hand-made tea canisters (chazutsu, or tea caddies) in Japan, and is now the only such maker remaining. It takes over 130 separate steps to make one of Kaikado’s tea canisters, and every detail bears witness to the meticulous manufacturing and skill of the Kaikado artisans.

  • Double-wall structure and internal lid ensure airtightness

    Double-wall structure with inner and outer walls as well as an internal lid. The can and lid are designed so that when you put the lid in place and take your hand away, the lid descends slowly of its own accord, as if to complete the engraved Ippodo seal. When all the excess air is expelled, the seal is complete.

  • Tea canisters that mature. Enjoy the changes over time.

    Over the years, the colour and texture change, and the more the canister is used, the more it comes to fit the user’s hand. Enjoy the changes as time goes by. The canister takes between ten and thirty years to mature.

  • Set of copper and tin tea canisters engraved with Ippodo seal (large size)
  • Box size : W24.1×D9.6× H15.3cm
  • About Canister :
    - Dimensions:Dia. 9.0× H10.8cm
    - Capacity: 200 g of Ippodo gyokuro or sencha
  • Note :
    - The canisters are sold without tea. There is no tea in a new canister.
    - The canister surfaces naturally change colour over time. Touching the canister with wet hands may also produce a blue-green patina on the surface.
    * This patina is harmless and has no physiological effect.
    * After buying your tea canister, please contact Kaikado directly if you have inquiries about the product, including requests for maintenance or repolishing.
    * As the canisters are hand-made, production numbers are limited. At times, Ippodo may run out of stock or have to delay shipping.
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