A sake cup made to enhance to experience of drinking sake.
We began making sake cups to enhance the experience of drinking sake when we gave one as a present to a long time friend, the Shiokawa Brewery. Because the type and application of lacquer changes how sake feels, we worked on and tested many things and had Shiokawa and many others working in sake test them for us in our pursuit of creating cups to enhance the drinking experience.
A fusion between the metallic sheen of the skill of the artisan and the warm texture of lacquer
Lacquer ware is a craft wherein you can feel the warmth of the wood. With much research, we were able to give this lacquer ware a never before seen metallic sheen with Issen. Issen means to shine or suddenly sparkle. Issen brings the image of sake cups together with a fusion of lacquer and a metallic sheen.
One of a kind
Sake like white wine to complement fish dishes
The patterns on Issen are made using the grains of zelkova wood. They are made with real wood, so every piece is unique. Each also has an individualistic touch from being hand made by an artisan.
Issen –Handmade zelkova sake cups (Shot glass)
Wash with neutral detergent and a soft sponge or cloth. Then, wipe down with a soft cloth. Do not soak in water. Do not place in dishwashers, microwave ovens, or ovens.
About the aroma
In the beginning, lacquered sake cups will have the smell of the lacquer. This will fade in about three weeks. The more often it is used, the faster the smell will disappear. If you are concerned about the smell, wipe it down with a cloth dipped in vinegar and wipe it off, then repeat the process several times.
About the wood grain patterns
This product is made using real zelkova. No two grain patterns are the same.
Basic product information
Side (Φupper line×height)
Φ43mm × 80mm
Zelkova, lacquer finish
About the manufacturer
Nushiya Kiyo is the fourth heir of Kobayashi Butsudan, a Buddhist altar store established in 1900, and is the only traditional craftsman who has inherited the gold rubbing technique.Buddhist altars were originally stands to enshrine Buddha and communicate with relatives who have passed away, and are made using a variety of traditional techniques.Nushiya Kiyo is a craftsman and artist who expresses these techniques through lacquer ware, and continues to expand the horizons of the art.