Kaikado was established in 1875, shortly after Japan opened its doors to the outside world. With Western Civilization came the importing of tinplate from England. Chazutsu is a cylinder-shaped airtight container. For generations, it has been used to protect foodstuffs, such as green tea leaves, from moisture and humidity. Possessing both function and beauty, chazutsu is practical as well as an objet d'art. We meticulously handcraft each piece in Kaikado’s sixth-generation Kyoto studio. Gentle handling of the chazutsu day after day brings out a mysteriously elegant sheen, providing utility and pleasure as it ages gracefully and its beauty increases over time with ownership. Chazutsu’s unique airtight feature may be applied in a variety of ways, such as protecting coffee beans, exotic spices and pasta from moisture and humidity.