Ceramic sake cup sets from 4 Japanese traditional crafts

Arita, Kiyomizu, Kutani, and Hagi pottery and porcelain sake cup sets from Amazon.com       A ceramic is a most popular drinking ware when the people drink sake in Japan. Though there are choko or guinomi cups of tin or glass, they are just for the cold sake and not for hot. On that point, we can enjoy both cold and hot the Japanese rice wine with the pottery or porcelain sake cups. Furthermore, there are all sorts of ceramic sake cups, it is fun to choose. When you have sets of the cups, the drinking with the family or friends would be more enjoyable! I would like to show Read more about Ceramic sake cup sets from 4 Japanese traditional crafts[…]

Buying Edo-kiriko cut glass sake sets made in Japan

Beautiful sake cups and bottles of Edo-kiriko cut glass from Amazon     Yarai Pattern (blue)         There are many traditional crafts including pottery, porcelain, and metal products in Japan but the glassware which has a long history isn’t so many. Edo-kiriko is the most popular Japanese glassware. Edo is the ancient name of Tokyo and more than a million people lived in the city (the largest population in the middle 18the century around the world!). Until the Edo Period (1603-1868), the culture of Japan was mostly developed the ruling class such as aristocracy and samurai. However, the culture of the Edo Period was the culture of townspeople. They Read more about Buying Edo-kiriko cut glass sake sets made in Japan[…]

Edo kiriko Japanese drinking glassware. There are many patterns!

Traditional Japanese tableware Edo-kiriko cut glasses   Edo-kiriko is a flashed glass with a various type of the patterns. The glassware is one of the Japanese traditional crafts. But it needs some conditions to be certified as real Edo-kiriko.   Glassware Manual procedures Mainly using rolling tools Produced in designated area (centering on Koto-ku and Sumida-ku, Tokyo Prefecture)   Though there are the classic patterns of Edo-kiriko including yarai, shippo, and sasa-no-ha, we can also see the modern patterns.   Of course, the patterns delight our eyes. Furthermore, you touch the patterns when you drink with the cut glass. You feel the bumpy surface.   The designs and colors of Edo-kiriko Read more about Edo kiriko Japanese drinking glassware. There are many patterns![…]

Beatutiful amber and blue/green cold sake glass cups

Japanese guinomi sake glasses of the traditional Edo-kiriko from Amazon.com   When you drink cold sake, a great glass guinomi (Japanese sake cup) would more bring out a flavor. Unlike sake cups of pottery or porcelain including Imari (Arita)-yaki, Kutani-yaki, and Hagi-yaki, it isn’t available for hot sake, of course (you can see sake cups of Imari-yaki, Kutani-yaki, Hagi-yaki from here). But they don’t have the glittering of the Edo-kiriko cut glass.      The traditional cut glass started the history in 1834. After the glass wholesaler, Kaga-ya Kyubei began to carve a glass with using emery powder in Edo (today’s Tokyo), the craftsmen of Edo-kiriko introduce the techniques from Europe Read more about Beatutiful amber and blue/green cold sake glass cups[…]

Special black Edo-kiriko cut glass drinkingwares

More difficult to make. Black Edo-kiriko cut glass     The Japanese cut glass Edo-kiriko has more than 180 years history. The glass wholesaler Kaga-ya Kyubei in Edo (ancient Tokyo) carved a glass from the Europe. It was the beginning of Edo-kiriko. Since then, the craftsmen of the cut glass had improved a various patterns.   And the industry started to produce a cased glass Edo-kiriko in Meiji Period (1868-1912). There are many colors of Edo-kiriko including, blue, red, green, and purple.      But still now, the black colored Edo-kiriko is most difficult to make because the Japanese cut glass is so thin (0.1-0.2mm) that black easily returns to gray with Read more about Special black Edo-kiriko cut glass drinkingwares[…]

Japanese sake cups and sets of Kutani-yaki

Great Kutani sake cups (guinomi) and pitchers (tokkuri)  for sale When we drink Japanese sake (rice wine), sake cups are best for that after all. That is because the Japanese tableware ws made with considering the touch for the fingers or lips.   Especially, Kutani ware has both types of ceramic, pottery (earthenware) and porcelain. Some people say that the difference of ware’s materials makes they slightly feel each taste.   I don’t think the materials change sake water. But the taste of a sake is really sensitive. So it would change the feeling when you press your lips to the Japanese sake cups and drink sake by the materials. Read more about Japanese sake cups and sets of Kutani-yaki[…]

Hagi ware pottery sake cups you can buy at Amazon

Japanese traditional earthware sake cups What kind of drinking ware when you taste sake? Just like a wine glass or beer cup, the kind of the sake cups (guinomi/choko) make the taste different. It is due to the materials, shapes, and even colors.   Imari (Arita) ware sake cups Kutani ware sake cups Edo-kiriko glass sake cups   The feature of the Hagi ware is “shibui” when I express it with a Japanese word. It is low-keyed and aesthetic. Because the pottery was born from the spirits of “wabi” and “sabi” at the tea ceremony.   They don’t have flowery colors and patterns like Imari-yaki or Kutani-yaki, or glitter like an Edo-kiriko. Read more about Hagi ware pottery sake cups you can buy at Amazon[…]

Japanese ceramic sake cups and sets of Imari ware pottery

Imari ware (Arita ware) guinomi and tokkuri drinking ware     Since the taste of sake water is really delicate flavor, you would get a sense of the difference of the drinking ware. The Japanese ceramic sake cups and bottles fit for sake after all.   The surface of the Imari ware is mellow and graceful. It pours the water into your mouth slowly. So you can enjoy the taste and scent carefully.   The sake cups are so small. All the more, the craftsmen show their techniques for the shaping and coloring the potteries.    Do you know how to enjoy sake?       What is an Imari, Read more about Japanese ceramic sake cups and sets of Imari ware pottery[…]

Beautiful Japanese Edo-kiriko glass sake cups and pitchers

Traditional Edo-kiriko sake cups of Japanese glass tableware Cold and clear sake water really goes well with a crystal glassware, I think. The traditional Japanese cut glass Edo-kiriko certainly makes your sake more taste good.   As the name shows, Edo-kiriko developed in the townsman culture of Edo City (today’s Tokyo). They preferred the mind of “iki” (粋).    Edo-kiriko represents the minds perfectly.  With the glass sake cups, you can enjoy drinking and the spirits of Edo.     What is an Edo-kiriko? “Kiriko” means the Japanese cut glass. Most of the today’s Edo-kiriko is a flashed glass and have some kind of colors including blue, red, and purple. But it Read more about Beautiful Japanese Edo-kiriko glass sake cups and pitchers[…]

High-quality tin sake cups and sets of Nousaku at Amazon

The traditional and creative tin sake cups (guinomi) and vessels (katakuchi) of Nousaku   Those who have taste for drinking often are particular about the vessels too. Because they know that the good cups and bottles make the water more delicious. So is Japanese sake cups.   Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture where NOUSAKU CORPORATION locates has a more than 400 years old history.   Nousaku inherits the traditional casting technique and creates the new and slick products. Their tin wares would give you a wonderful drinking time.     Do you know how to enjoy sake?   Nousaku Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture borders on the Japan Sea. The Read more about High-quality tin sake cups and sets of Nousaku at Amazon[…]