Kabamaru Series by Hajime Okamoto. These playful cats each have their own name and personality. Kabamaru and Urume grace this teapot but their friends can be seen on the coordinating Kabamaru Cat Tea cup set (3802). Kabamaru is the leader of the group, taking good care of his friends. “Kaba” in Japanese means “hippo” and “maru” means “round.”” He’s named that because he’s a bit of a slow walker. Urume is a laid back tomboy.
The nature of Asian culture is ornate, delicate and beautiful. Asian dishes reflect those characteristics in fine detail, careful craftsmanship and unique design.
Teapots have been used in Japan almost as long as teapots have existed. Tea and tea culture themselves originally came to Japan in the 10th century, during a massive cultural exchange between the Japanese Heian court, and the Chinese Tang Dynasty. The first teapots likewise came during a similar exchange some centuries later, during the Later Muromachi Period in Japan, and the Ming Dynasty in China. Since then, though the Japanese teapot has developed a unique character of its own, the relationship between Chinese and Japanese teapots is still very strong.
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One Japanese Kabamaru Cat Teapot. Teapot is approximately 8 by 4.5 by 4.5 inches. Stainless steel tea strainer included. 22 oz. capacity. Made in Japan. Microwave/Dishwasher safe (except for strainer).