The Asahi pottery is rooted in Japan’s oldest center for tea cultivation, the famed town of Uji. The pottery has been in continuous production over four hundred years, through fifteen generations of the Matsubayashi family. From the time of the founder, Tosaku, the Asahi workshop has provided tea bowls treasured for preparing whipped tea to nobility, warrior rulers, and tea masters.
Another representative Asahi product is the spouted teapot (kyusu or hobin) for preparing steeped tea. It was introduced to the workshop’s repertory about 150 years ago by the eighth generation master, Chohei. The pot is designed to bring out the exquisite flavor of fine tea and is favored by connoisseurs. Each pot is shaped individually and with great care.
Today, under the guidance of the fifteenth master, Matsubayashi Hosai, the Asahi workshop continues to focus on utensils for various modes of serving tea, while at the same time creating a wide variety of utensils suited to contemporary life.