茶杓 read as chashaku is a bamboo matcha scoop usually made by hand by highly skilled artisans used to scoop green tea powder and add it to the tea bowl.
While other tools could be used to scoop the matcha (and other tea powders) using a chashaku offers the best results when measuring the amount of matcha powder to be used.
In Japan, is an essential tool in the 茶の湯 chanoyu or tea ceremony. There are two prominent tea schools 裏千家 Urasenke and 表千家 Omotesenke. While Urasenke uses chasen made out of gold bamboo, Omotesenke uses chasen made out of purple bamboo. Both schools were created by descendants of Sen no Rikyu.
The chashaku might look intimidating at first yet is super easy to use and it helps a great deal to correctly measuring the matcha powder without using far too much.
This elegant chashaku is made out of purple bamboo
Chashaku Matcha Tea Scoop Purple Bamboo
Chashaku matcha powder tea scoop made out of purple bamboo. Light and slightly bended. The ideal tool to measure the amount of matcha to be used when brewing.
This is our recommendation to take care of this matcha tea scoop (chashaku):
Before the first use: Clean the chashaku with a slightly humid sponge. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. Do not submerge in hot water.
Handling: Handle with utmost care, do not bend, it might break.
Washing: By hand, do not use water, use a soft cloth to gently remove the remaining matcha tea powder, no soap. Avoid the chashaku matcha tea scoop to get wet/moist. Do not wash in the dishwasher.
Storing: Store in a dry place.