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; there are also uwade kyūsu (上手急須 top hand(le) teapot?).
- All you need to know about Japanese teapots URL accessed June, 2009.
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