A year ago, I purchased a futanashi (lidless) kyusu from Den’s Tea. Having used this teapot a few hundred times, I feel like it’s time to do a review on it. 🙂

What is a Futanashi Kyusu

A futanashi kyusu is a Japanese teapot without a lid. It is a new style of teapot that has risen in popularity in recent years.

The shape and style are designed to accommodate the missing lid. The front wall of the teapot creates a partial dome behind the spout to prevent tea from pouring out over the top. The short, wide spout appears to also help keep the pouring angle minimized.

The walls of the kyusu are thick in order to limit heat loss. This design feature also makes the teapot very durable.

futanashi kyusu

Why Use A Lidless Kyusu

There are several advantages to this style of teapot.

First, you can view the tea leaves as they brew. Although this may not seem important, it does give you an interesting insight on the steeping process.  Also, without a lid, the aroma of tea is allowed to waft out of the teapot. The aromatic ability of the futanashi kyusu is especially present during shincha season, when the scent of a newly harvested sencha can easily fill a room.

Secondly, the open style allows for easier cleaning. The larger opening makes it easy to see and extract leaves from every nook and cranny. Also, because of the open top, more moisture is allowed to escape, drying out the leaves. Dryer leaves are less likely to stick to the walls of the teapot, making them easier to wipe off.

karigane brewing in lidless teapot

Final Thoughts

Futanashi teapots are not revolutionary, but they do add an extra dimension of enjoyment to brewing.

From my personal experience, I have found this style of teapot to be very versatile and easy to use. The futanashi teapot I purchased from Den’s is glazed, and comes with a large, fine meshed filter. With a capacity of 260mL, it is the perfect size to brew for one or two people.

From aromatics to durability to versatility, a futanashi kyusu would make a wonderful addition to any Japanese green tea drinker’s collection.

Griff is the co-founder of The Art of Japanese Green Tea website and video series.

This Post Has 4 Comments

      1. Griff

        Hi Nick 😀 In a way, you asked a trick question. 😉 Let me explain.

        I have not used a futanashi kyusu for gyokuro; I typically use a houhin. However, while brewing gyokuro, it is often considered best practise to brew with the lid off.

        With that in mind, I believe a lidless teapot should function well as a vessel for brewing gyokuro. After all, the walls of a futanashi are often thicker than a houhin anyway. 🙂

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