The size of Chokin Canister : 7 11/16" High x 3 13/16" Dia.
This is rare Japanese Chokin (metal carving) Tea Canister by Famous Japanese Tea Seller Yamamotoyama from Showa 60th, 1985. The canister is made by Tin, main body with another Chokin carved metal was applied. The detail of Chokin design around canister 360 degree.The top of cover has "Go Mei Cha", fine tea in Japanese. The canister has " Nihonbashi, Yamamotoya". Nihonbashi is Tokyo's famous district. This Chokin Tea Canister was made specially for that Yamamotoyama's store which no other place sold this Tea Canister with tea. There is still original Yamamotoyama name and Sencha printed on Gold band which never been removed. I will leave as is because if I take off the Chokin’s surface maybe different color since the canister is from 1985.,
It is very finely finished Chokin with design of bamboo and plum flower design over coarsey finish sureface. Please note actual piece has much better finish than my photos. It has label on the bottom Mfg date of tea production, Showa 60th, 1985, June 17. The condition of Canister excellent. Please note, cover top has little dent. There is Japanese label which said, Yamamotoyama Special Class Sencha, Tokujun (this tea’s name ) with Yamamotoyama's Nihonbashi store address. Please note some of my photo has irregular surface color because of photo lamp reflection,
History of Yamamotoyama
In 1690, the Yamamoto family moved from Kyoto to the new capital of Tokyo and established a tea shop. Yamamotoyama is the oldest tea company and remains family owned and operated, drawing from its rich heritage and vast expertise to provide healthy and deliciously innovative foods. Before Yamamotoyama, only the wealthy had access to green tea in Japan. Kahei Yamamoto dreamed to make green tea accessible to all, and he learned that steaming tea leaves enabled them to remain fresh and green in color with a balanced sweet umami that retains its vitamins and nutrients. This tea, called sencha, became a sensation, and Yamamotoyama became a household name. Yamamotoyama's culture of innovation continued with Kahei Yamamoto VI and the invention of gyokuro, the pinnacle of green tea, in 1835. We are one of the only tea companies that grows our product, with tea gardens producing delicious organic green tea according to methods developed over 330 years.