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Product Details of Sake Kanji Sake Cup
This Sake cup comes with the kanji of Sake (酒/さけ) painted on the side of the Sake cup. It is a piece of Mino ware which accounts for the majority of the Japanese pottery wares in Japan.
Feel the atmosphere of Japan culture with this Sake cup!
- W50 x H50mm (W2.0″ x H2.0″)
Made in: Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Mino ware is a general term for ceramics produced in the eastern region of Mino-no Kuni (now Gifu prefecture). It includes Tajimi, Toki, Kani, Mizunami, and Kasahara. Its origin is generally attributed to the Sue kiln in the Nara period. (There is also a theory that production began when Seto potters moved to Mino at the end of the Muromachi period.)
A characteristic of Mino ware is that in that era, new glazes were developed to meet people’s tastes and technologies were developed to create wares of various shapes and colors. For this reason, Mino ware does not refer to one particular style and instead refers to various techniques.
In addition, since the Meiji era, people have constructed technologies that are cheap and can be mass-produced through technological innovation. As a result, Gifu Prefecture nowadays accounts for about 50% of the market share of ceramics and has grown to become the number one production center in Japan. It has become an essential part of Japanese dining.
The golden age of Mino ware is said to be during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603). With the fad of tea ceremonies, and throughout the contribution of the tea masters of those days such as Senno-Rikyu and Oribe Furuta, the basic style of today’s Mino ware, Kiseto, Setoguro, Shino, and Oribe, were born. The Mino ware with its innovative shape and rich colors that warp well, was revolutionary for the people at that time.