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A chawan "bowl of tea" is a bowl used for the preparation and consumption of tea. There are many types of chawan used in the tea ceremony, and the choice of their use depends on many considerations.
A mug or large cup is a tall cylindrical container, with handle, used without saucer, of an aspect close to the mug and used to drink or to measure in Europe and in Quebec, and only to drink hot liquids in North America . large mugs are often used as a beer glass in Japan.
The chawanmushi (茶碗 蒸 し), literally the steamed tea bowl (茶碗, chawan) (蒸 し, mushi), is an egg custard from Japanese cuisine that has, among other ingredients, the seed of ginkgo. We also usually put chicken and shrimp in it.
It is generally available in multiple variations in its ingredients as well as in the broth used. This recipe can be easily adapted to individual tastes.
A yunomi (Japanese: 湯のみ) is a form of teacup, typically made from a ceramic material, being taller than wide, with a trimmed or turned foot. Unlike the more formal chawan tea bowl which is used during the Japanese tea ceremony, the yunomi is made for daily (or informal) tea drinking.
There are special pairs of yunomi called meoto yunomi (meoto means ‘married couple’). Meoto yunomi usually consist of two cups with the same pattern (sometimes in different colours) but different sizes and often slightly different shapes (the larger cup being the ‘husband’ and the smaller being the ‘wife’ cup).
Many contemporary potters, both in the East and West, make yunomi and as a genre the yunomi has become a much collected item.
Soba-choko (Japanese: そ ば 猪 口) are 3 to 9 cm porcelain containers. Mass-produced for domestic use in Japan during the Edo Imari soba-choko pro period (1620–1886), the Soba-choko were traditionally grouped in a configuration of five.
Most scholars believe that soba-choko derives from the Korean word chonchi or chongka - which means wine cup or bowl. Originally, sobachoko were used as spice carriers or drinking vessels, but later became mainly used to contain sauce for dipping noodles Ogawa Keishi and Nakano Tari both suggest that the first noodle shop was installed in Osaka during the Kyoho era (1710s) when soba-choko was produced and used 60 years earlier. More specifically, Nakano sites in historical documents indicate that the first noodles were consumed during the Kan'ei era (1620s), but they were only marketed in the 1710s. Soba-choko was produced in various regions of Japan, including Imari / Arita (Hizen) in Kyushu, Seto in Aichi, Kirikomi in Sendai and Oda in Tosa. Each region produced its own design, color and shape.
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