Every time I've been to Japan i've promised myself I would buy a little traditional teapot to make my sencha, matcha and bancha in... but four trips down I still hadn't managed to find just the right one. This time however with steely determination I traipsed through many a tea shop and ceramics store until I found it. It's tiny, just big enough for one cup, but it's beautiful and I love it's simple terracottaness hand painted stripes. While it may not constitute a traditional tea ceremony, I think it's definately going to become part of my morning breakfast ritual. Well worth the wait and yes I have one brewing right now... bottoms up!