Akoda tea powder container is in the shape of an akoda melon. The type often used for Ten’nen-ki is the favorite of Joshin-sa’i’s, which is lacquered black on the inside and tamenuri on the outside. The lid is made of plum wood. The akoda shape gets its name from akoda melon, which actually looks like a pumpkin. (It also reminds me of a Bundt cake.)
It is not only the Omotesenke School that uses akoda tea powder containers. Different schools have their own preferred style of akoda. Some have lacquered lids or paulowina wood lids – rather than plum wood. There are also akoda made of blue and white porcelain.
Originally posted on October 17, 2014