Nokome Yamanaka Lacquerware Chakoboshi Tea Waste Container

JPY ¥20,000

If you have ever been to "ryokan(Japanese style inns)" you may have seen this item placed next to the Japanese tea set. Have you wondered what's it for?  

"Chakoboshi", also known as "Kensui" is the Japanese tea utensil for collecting excess tea, water and leaves. The "chakoboshi" is used to first discard hot water used to warm up cups and the pot. When discarding the hot water, the top with the three holes is kept on. After you have made a couple of pots of tea, you will discard the leaves to make a fresh pot by taking off the lid and discarding the tea leaves in the container. Now you are ready to make a fresh pot of tea without the hassle of going to the kitchen to throw away the tea leaves.

This "chakoboshi" is made using zelkova and is coated with lacquer following the Yamanaka lacquerware craftsmanship.  It is decorated using a technique called "nokome (saw pattern)" to create unique vertical lines.

With more people using tea bags and powered tea, unfortunately, the "chakoboshi" is now less seen in households. However, with this "chakoboshi", you can brew tea beautifully and properly, and delight your friends and guests with hospitality in the Japanese tradition.

If you already have a Japanese tea set, order this "chakoboshi" and make your Japanese tea set complete.    


  • Dimension: D11cm(4.3in) x H8.5cm(3.4in)
  • Material: Zelkova Wood - Yamanaka Lacquerware
  • Coating: Lacquer 
  • Origin: Made in Ishikawa, Japan

about yamanaka lacquerware

Yamanaka lacquerware is produced in the Yamanaka Onsen area of Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and has a history of about 400 years.
The traditional techniques of Yamanaka lacquerware were highly evaluated and became known throughout Japan, despite a period of temporary interruption.
It is characterized by the use of wood grain patterns to express a natural texture, and is made with great attention to detail.
It was designated as a traditional craft by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in 1975.