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Travelers’ Treasures / Guinomi Sake Cup (Sake cups designed with wood and metal)

The city of Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, accounts for almost all of the bronze cast products in Japan. The origins of this began roughly 400 years ago when Toshinaga Maeda, who ruled over the areas Ecchu and Kaga, now Toyama Prefecture and southern Ishikawa Prefecture, respectively, launched a casting metal factory in what is today the town of Kanayamachi as a way to vitalize local industry when he was building the nearby Takaoka Castle.

As a way to promote a new appreciation of the copperware skills that those craftsmen handed down, the evolutionary brand kisen was established, which produced the Guinomi sake cup, a novel and stylish combination of wood, shaved to a thinness of millimeters and metal.

The Guinomi sake cup’s graceful curves, like Mt. Fuji or traditional wooden Kokeshi dolls, evoke the beautiful forms and spirit of Japan. These cups are sure to help make Japanese sake taste better and more stylish together with Japanese cuisine.

Price: (From left) ¥11,880, ¥9,720, ¥9,720

Manufacturer: Yotsukawa Seisakusho Ltd. in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture

(http://www.kisen.jp.net)

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