Natsume is a type of tea container used for making matcha, a traditional Japanese powdered green tea. The container is made of wood and coated with lacquer, and its shape is reminiscent of the fruit of the Japanese plant "natsume," which is where it gets its name. Natsume is typically used as part of a set of tea utensils for preparing and serving thin tea. It often features decorative designs, such as lacquer work or inlaid mother-of-pearl, and is an important element in the Japanese tea ceremony.
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