Garry went to New York to help clean out his parents home on Long Island. He went with my explicit instructions: do not bring home anything. We have no room. NO ROOM. None. Anywhere. Not on the shelves, the cabinets, the tops of the bookcases. Nowhere.

He was pretty good about it. All he brought home was one lovely Japanese tea set. Five cups. I assume one was broken. Plus the teapot, sugar bowl, and creamer. Lovely. Dragon style, which is a favorite of mine.

Not long ago. I gave away a nearly identical tea set as a wedding present, but clearly I am supposed to have a Japanese tea set. It must be a genetic thing.ย This is not my first … or fifth … Japanese tea set. I have had antiques. New ones. Sets made for children. Many sets made in weird shapes which were surely never meant for the actual serving of tea.

I recognized that I could not escape this tea set. I rearranged the stuff in my glass chest and somehow managed to fit it in. I’m so glad there were only five cups. One more, and I would have been lost.

It’s a beautiful set. Made of the finest porcelain so lightweight it’s almost not there. Beautiful, but my problem is not a dearth of beautiful things. I have far too many beautiful things and I wish someone else wanted them. I’d happily give them away, including some rare, very old Chinese porcelain.

Does anyone need a lovely, handmade Japanese tea set? I’ve got an extra.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


    1. It is lovely, but the cups are way too small for me. I’m more of a mug drinker. But I can see me, and you, in a different world. Eating tiny cookies with the tea brewed in the lovely teapot ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. That is a beautiful (almost complete) tea set! Garry has good taste! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d like one but i believe that the current postal costs and likelihood of an 8 piece tea set arriving as a 32 piece one would mean i had best collect it in person.

    I’ll start saving! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Put the kettle on! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  2. I had a big Kutani bowl and one of my dogs (Cheyenne T. Wolf) broke it. I got it for $50 at a swap meet. I keep looking for one to take its place, but none to be found. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  3. I’m certainly envying your tea set and if you’ve got an extra, sure, I’d take it. My ‘collector’ status is still full on. Don’t know where I’d PUT it, exactly, but there’s room in the curio cabinet behind the existing Asian pieces I do have..dragons and odd little Japanese figures that I’ve picked up wandering around. The problem with getting anything remotely fragile is that the mail service here is poor and they could well smash anything (however carefully wrapped) that was sent. And I realize your question was rhetorical, but it would be lovely to live next door and just have you run it over. You could stay for tea… ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. I have so much stuff — and I’ve gotten rid of more than half of it. I’d rehome even more, if I could find someone I could trust with rare ancient Chinese porcelain. It probably belongs in a museum, but it’s not perfect and museums want perfect pieces. My stuff is chipped and sometimes, cracked and even (gasp) glued! I don’t suppose you live locally? I could REALLY help you upgrade your collections!


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