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How to Nel Drip the Daibō Way

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Firstly, if the flannel (also known as a nel) is new, remove it from the wire frame and boil it for 5 to 10 minutes then carefully remove it. Brush the flannel with a soft bristle brush on both inside and outside. Skip this step if you are using a previously-used nel.  Pinch the bottom of the nel and twist to wring out excess water.  Place the nel between a clean dish towel and slap the towel to remove additional water. Grind approximately 40 to 50 grams of coffee to a very course grind. Add coffee to nel in a...

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Japanese Seat Cushion

Material: Cotton and Wool These unique seat cushions are meticulously hand tied using a technique called Kurashiki Knotting that originated in a city of the same name in the Okayama prefecture of Japan.Each cushion takes at least 2 months to produce. The craftswoman pays close attention to each stage of production, from selecting the wool to dying to the knotting process.The premium wool threads she uses to make the cushions are typically used for weaving into Kimono fabric. Wool, a natural fiber, has temperature regulating properties due to its ability to absorb moisture. This means that the fiber stays cool...

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Matcha Utensils

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The craft of making a quality tea whisk starts with Raw bamboo, known as genchiku, cut and scraped down to remove the skin. Then, a process called hegi occurs, where the stripped bamboo is split, bent, and cut away to form the splines of the whisk. The splines are then further cut down into 160 equal tines in a step called kowari, and then dipped into hot water, thinned, and shaped during aji kezuri. Incredibly intricate chamfering called mentori further refines the splines so that the matcha tea doesn’t stick to them, before threading (shitaami and ueami) reinforces the whisk...

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Japanese Sumac Wax Candles

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Environmental-friendliness is the greatest feature of these candles. Each candle is made completely out of sustainable resources, including 100% Sumac wax, and Rush Weed, Washi Paper, and Silk Fibers for the wick. Due to its structure and the cylindrical design of the wick, it burns stably and beautifully with a larger flame than conventional candles. The sumac wax and wick dissipate evenly into the air while lit, and produce no smoke, no toxins and essentially no odor. Since only natural ingredients are used, even extinguishing the flame produces little soot and odor.  To make each candle first blocks of sumac...

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