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A right-handed yokode kyusu (side-handled teapot)

Kyusu (急須 kyūsu?) is a traditional Japanese teapot mainly used for brewing green tea.

The common misconception is that a kyusu always has a side handle. However, the word "kyusu" merely means "teapot", even though in common usage kyusu usually does refer to a teapot with a side handle.

The two most common types of kyusu are yokode kyūsu (横手急須 side hand(le) teapot?), which has a side handle and which is the more common type, and ushirode kyūsu (後手急須 back hand(le) teapot?), which has a rear handle, just like teapots in other parts of the world;[1] there are also uwade kyūsu (上手急須 top hand(le) teapot?).

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  1. ^ All you need to know about Japanese teapots URL accessed June, 2009.