Chasens bridge the world of art to the everyday. While fundamentally a utensil, the beauty of the detail, material, and its shape make the whisk a treasure of tradition worthy to keep on display.
To take good care of your chasen whisk
A relatively conservative industry, not many artisans showcase the skill and meticulous finesse it takes to create a chasen whisk. There are six major steps in creating a chasen:
1) The chasen begins as a single piece of bamboo. The wood is peeled, and cut into 16 equal parts (although this may vary depending on the type of chasen created) to make the whisk’s basic shape.
2) The parts are cut again into individual tines.
3) The artist will dip the tines in hot water. They are then shaved, ironed, and shaped.
4) The tines go through a second process of shaving, making the whisk more angular. The shape helps Matcha not stick to the whisk.
5) The tines are separated into inner and outer sections by threading each prong individually.
6) The height and space between tines are determined by inserting a bamboo spoon between the two sections. The final chasen is then arranged into its iconic, beautiful shape.
Making Matcha with your chasen
The purpose of a chasen is to aerate your tea to create Matcha’s classic foam and froth.
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"When matcha is prepared koicha style, the result is a thick syrup of green goodness. Unlike usucha, it may take a little bit of time to reach your mouth. But when it does, the drinker is greeted with a chewy brew of straight umami coupled with a silky sweetness that just lingers on the tongue..."