Rafu Bussan

Best Japanese Teapots, August 2011

Hospitality and refinement—the same qualities found in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies—imbue Rafu Bussan, the family-owned kitchen and gift store. The teapot selection maintains the ambience as it ushers in superb craftsmanship with such lines as Arita. Considered the finest porcelain in Japan, it dates to the early 1600s and includes gold leaf and botanical motifs. Also among the stock are the soma-yaki style, which has blue-green crackle glazes and double-walled construction for better insulation; the kyusu look, with its side handle and red clay; and the tetsubin cast-iron kettle, which features relief patterns.