The tea master, Sen no Rikyū, took it upon himself to carve his own tea scoops. The tea scoop is often considered the quintessential tea utensil used in a tea ceremony.
Kaida carefully selects raw bomboo materials that possess intriguing characteristics or origins. The qualities of the bamboo itself inspire his tea scoops. Each piece has a poetic title and underscores the tea ceremony.
The adjoining antique shifuku ( silk bag for storing the tea scoop ) is produced by Kaida’s wife, textile artist Shoko Ueda.
1946 Born in Fukuoka Prefecture
1960 Becomes interested in tea ceremony
1969 Holds tea ceremony in Australia while exchange student from Waseda University
1980 Begins making spoons for tea ceremony
1980s-present Exhibits tea scoops extensively