Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Will Miss #161 - beautiful, abundant, cheap tea sets

Because Japan is a country with a long history of tea-related culture, you can get teapots and tea sets nearly anywhere. In fact, you can buy some decent pots at 100 yen shops. Second-hand stores often have very nice sets of pots with cups or just cups that are obviously new (wrapped in their original paper and boxes). One near my home appears to have an endless supplier of them and it takes some self-control not to buy more than I need just to have some of the more unique ones as souvenirs. I got the set above from a freebie pile in front of a neighbor's house (and yes, it's also brand new).

If you're a fan of tea, you can get some very unique and beautiful pieces for nothing or practically nothing, and I'll miss that.