Why offer a Japanese tea box?
For those of you who drink Japanese tea, like Matcha, you will be happy to learn that there are many traditional style tea boxes on the market with picturesque and beautiful design, which make excellent objects presentation. If you do not already have one, we recommend adding a tea box to your collection because they make wonderful gifts for all occasions and, if they are treated with respect and love, they can be transmitted from generation in generation. Their price can vary from a few euros to hundreds, but hand-painted high-end boxes can reach thousands of euros!
What type of box should I buy?
First of all, let's explain some of the most common types:
These types of boxes exist in all shapes and sizes and vary greatly because of their characteristics. Hand painted tea boxes can be manufactured in various materials, such as lacquered wood (usually the most popular), ceramic (not very common), metal (extremely rare) or even artisanal pottery. The colors and decorations are generally extravagant and they are offered with a variety of beautiful motifs ranging from simple to complexes.
Carved by hand
If you are looking for an extremely unique article, it may be the choice you need! These tea boxes are usually much smaller than their painted counterparts because they were originally used by the monks or samurai who needed a portable object. They do not have any patterns outside, which means that each pattern is different because it is entirely done by hand!
The Kiri Bako is the most common form of Japanese traditional tea. It is made of lacquered wood with a rectangular design and two patterns painted on the front of the box. One of the reasons is called "Cha-No-Yu", which translates into "tea room", while the other may vary by the manufacturer, but generally represents one of the following three themes: 1) the Nature - Flowers, Plants, Mountains, Rivers, etc., 2) Mythology - Gods, Dragons or Demons and 3) The story - famous events represented in the style of Ukiyo-e. Kiri means "Paulownia" and Bako means "box". That's why you will often see these boxes called "Kiri Bako" or "Paulownia boxes".
Ramen Nation Tea Boxes
On Ramen Nation, we made the choice to offer you only original tea boxes. Ceramic, metal, or Washi paper, there are really something for all tastes. You can enjoy our shop by choosing the container that will contain your infusions.
What is a tea box?
A tea box is used to contain tea leaves or powder. It is particularly common in Japan, where we drink many types of powdered teas, in particular the matcha (green powder tea).
You can use it for bulk tea leaves and the teas in bag. The idea is to put the leaves in the container, close the lid, then consume the leaves according to your needs.
Hermetic function of a tea box
The traditional tea boxes are highly appreciated for their hermetic closing quality. Indeed, lacquered wood, ceramics or metal are particularly effective in preventing the proliferation of bacteria, which allows to preserve the freshness and flavor of tea.
Never keep your tea in a plastic box! You will only waste your money if you buy a cheap plastic box to keep your tea. The time it takes so that the leaves become expired or molding depends on the sealing of the container, but in general, it is very fast with the plastic.
If you use the traditional type of lacquered wood, ceramic or metal containers, you can keep your tea (powdered or sheets) for several months without fear that moisture penetrates inside.
Decorative function of a tea box
The boxes are so beautiful that it is also common to use them as an entire accessory.
You can even find articles with traditional Japanese themes like dragons or landscapes! And if you are particularly fanatic of tea and matcha, why not opt for a typical Japanese designer box? You will be able to take your daily dose of Matcha while admiring asian aesthetics! The tea box: convenient and decorative!
A tea box is very useful because it allows you to keep your tea fresh and aromatic. But it can also act as a decoration, especially if you opt for a traditional style tea box, lacquered wood or ceramic
If you like Matcha or other powder teas, then find the perfect box might be difficult. However, at Ramen Nation, we have a wide range of original containers such as CEÉRA tea boxesmide which will allow you to store both leaves and powder teas.
The importance of tea in Japan
Tea is a very common drink in Japan. In fact, it is considered one of the most important drinks of Japanese culture.
In Japan, drinking tea is an art called "calm tranquility" ("Chadô"). There are even competitions to know who can accomplish this act with respect and refinement
It was imported from China during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The tea quickly became very popular among the aristocracy, but its influence has also expanded to merchants and people from all social classes. The Buddhist monks drank tea to stay awake and meditate
After the restoration MeijiIn 1868, Japan banned European products. The Japanese then discovered that it was possible to cultivate green tea leaves in their country. Tea quickly imposed itself as one of the main drinks of the country. And she is still so today!