Komon Arare Teapot (500 cc)
Cast iron teapot (500 cc), metal purple - with s/steel infuser. Foundries: Oitomi
Classic cast iron teapot, internally enamelled and equipped with a stainless steel infuser, in the traditional Natsume shape (literally "jujube" a fruit native to Asia). The classical hobnail decoration expresses the symbolism of strength. The cast iron teapots are traditionally known in Japan as Tetsubin.
It is not known exactly when the cast-iron teapots appeared in Japan, but their use is probably linked to the affirmation of the leaf tea made by infusion in contrast to the powdered tea used in the traditional tea ceremony, codified at the end of 1500. Soon, from being a mere domestic object, the Tetsubin became a real status symbol, with ever more elaborate designs in relief. One of the prefectures most renowned for cast iron teapots is Iwate, where the manufacture of cast iron is passed down from generation to generation. Cast iron is the product of the melting of iron poured into moulds and the process is completely hand craft. Almost all steps - from design, to mould, stain, are made by hand - to create a refined long-lasting object.