Bamboo is a highly versatile, renewable, and natural material that has long been appreciated in Asia. In fact, it is the perfect material with which to make the implements associated with Japanese tea: the tea whisk (chasen), the tea scoop (chashaku), the water ladle (hishaku), and the flower vase (hanaire).
The Tanimura family of Nara, Japan has been making tea whisks for 20 generations over 500 years so it is natural that they would eventually apply their skills and understanding of bamboo to the production of flower vases.
Each hanaire is painstakingly made by Tanimura Tango, who assumed the professional name of “Tango” following his father’s retirement. This very old and prestigious name was first bestowed on the Tanimuras by the Tokugawa Shogunate and has been passed on to each successive generation.
Tanimura-san makes each vase with two pieces of bamboo; the hard natural exterior, and a smaller bamboo cylinder on the inside to hold water. Entoten is thrilled to bring you these stunning implements from Tanimura Tango’s home studio in Nara, Japan. They are made with the accumulated knowledge of the remarkable Tanimura lineage and with Tanimura-san’s continued adherence to his predecessors’ exacting standards.