CHAZUTSU Japanese tea caddies Kaikado

“CHAZUTSU” is a cylinder shaped airtight container of Japanese origin. It is used to protect foodstuffs (such as green tea leaves) from moisture and humidity. In Japan many have been used for generations. Chazutsu possesses both Function and Beauty. Chazutsu is practical as well as an object of art. We meticulously hand craft each caddy in Kaikado’s sixth generation 1875 Kyoto studio.

Beauty increasing over time

Growing beauty through time is the principle fascination in Chazutsu. Gently caressing the entire body of Chazutsu day after day brings out a mysteriously elegant sheen and gleam to its years. Chazutsu provides utility and pleasure as it ages gracefully with ownership. ​After your purchase you will perceive a normal yet subtle change in the colour tone of your Chazutsu: copper in 2-3 months, brass in 1-2 years and tin in 3-5 years. Like fine wine Chazutsu becomes even more appreciated with age.


Unmatched performance for over a century

Each Chazutsu, with its precise functionality, is made by our own hands. We are introducing a true masterpiece; one which clearly illustrates the sophisticated technique and artistic sense of two proud craftsmen. There are more than“130steps” in the process of our craftsmanship. As the joints of the lid and body are lined up, the lid descends to the exact level in a silky and silent motion all the while slowly expelling superfluous air from the caddy. This superb airtight feature has remained unchanged over a century. During usage, if dented, we will professionally repair your Chazutsu so that you will once again be able to enjoy this exquisite object of art.

Versatility of use

Chazutsu’s unique airtight feature may be applied in a variety of ways ; to protect coffee beans, tea leaves, homemade cookies, exotic spices, dried herbs and pasta from moisture and humidity. Additionally, aroma and flavor are naturally retained in Chazutsu. Away from the kitchen counter your Chazutsu will compliment any design space in your home, office or place of business.