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Wooden Containers and Tableware / Wooden Sake Cup (Masu)[m0007_oke-07]

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 Not too long ago, sake -- Japanese rice wine -- was a drink associated exclusively with Japan. Today, that's no longer so, and people worldwide have come to appreciate the delicate taste of Japanese sake whether served comfortingly warm or refreshingly cold. Even sake tasting events and sake sommeliers have appeared, and the number of sake connoisseurs is rising exponentially. In Japan, sake has traditionally been drunk, especially on auspicious occasions, from a small square wooden box known as a "masu." Originally the masu was used as a measuring cup (approx. 0.18 liter), both for sake and for rice. In its function as a cup, though, is when the masu really gives the greatest pleasure, the smooth feel and elegant fragrance of the wood adding infinitely to the drinking experience. The masu drinking boxes offered by Japan Unique Gifts are handcrafted using the finest hinoki cypress wood from trees at least three centuries old. And unlike many similar items on the market today, our masu are constructed the traditional way: using ingeniously interlocking pieces. No nails or glue are used. With an authentic masu of Japanese cypress, every drinking experience will become an auspicious -- and supremely enjoyable -- occasion. HAND MADE IN JAPAN



Eifu Kawamata is a highly demanding craftsman -- demanding of himself, which is why he singlehandedly performs every step necessary to creating his unique objects blending traditional and contemporary forms, including selection of his wood materials.Find out more about Eifu Kawamata here.



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General Information
Material:Japanese hinoki cypress
Size:85mm W x 85mm L x 55mm H
Production time:●Approx. 1 month
Proper handling:● To clean the Cup, wash gently in cold or warm water. Do not use hot water or detergent, and avoid use of a dishwasher. ● Do not allow the container to stand in water for a long time. ● To dry, allow the Cup to stand in a well-ventilated area, out of direct sunlight, for more than 24 hours. Drying in direct sunlight may cause warping of the wood.
Recommended usage:● Do not use in a microwave oven. ● To reduce stains to clinger, rinse in cold or warm water and then drain off before every usage. ● If the wood's fragrance seems strong, wash the Cup once in a mixture of water and vinegar (in equal proportions).
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The masu is also available together with a matching wooden decanter.
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To prevent warping, the cypress wood is set out and dried naturally for an extended period.
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The container, lid and spatula are handcrafted from domestic sawara cypress wood at least 300 years old. The wood has a natural antibacterial property.

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