Chagama are iron pots used to heat water to make tea in Japanese ceremonies. Influenced by Zen Buddhism, the ceremony is the ritualized preparation and serving of powdered green tea "Matcha" by a skilled practitioner.
This is done in the presence of guests formally and served in a tranquil setting. A full-length formal tea ceremony involves a meal, two servings of tea, and last approximately four hours.
About the kama / Chagama
This cast iron tea pot "CHAGAMA" is a brown finish holding over 2 quarts of water.
*Material: Cast Iron
*Pot: 7" in, Dia x 8" in H
*Pot and Stove: 11" in H
*Pots holds over 2 quarts of water
*Weights 20.5 lbs
The kama is used to heat up the water for making the tea. The Kama is made from iron or copper. The Kama has a lit (futa) which is removed when starting to make tea and placed back at the end when all guests have had enough cups of tea. The tea ceremony Kama lids (Chanoyugama Futa) are made of cast iron, and forged at the same time as the body to match the bottoms perfectly. However, lids can also be made of bronze, copper, brass, silver and even from an ancient bronze mirror.
Sometimes the Kama is moved in order to put new charcoal (Sumi) in the fire or to be hung or in very rare cases to be displayed in the Tokonoma. Two loops are cast on the shoulder to attach rings when the Kama is to be hung or carried. Kama that passed from generation to generation have special names derived from the history of the owner, the Kama shape, pattern, mouth or finish. Kama are usually round with rounded, squarish or sloping shoulders. Kama mouths have diverse shapes. Some are turned inward, others outward, while others are wide or narrow or notched.
Often Kama have the shape of an ogre face, but they may have the face of a biting lion, distant mountains, pine cones, or bamboo shoots. Kama bottoms are rounded, flat and round, or flat and square.
A Great Resource for making Matcha the Japanese way: http://japanese-tea-ceremony.net/map.html
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