This wooden sake set includes an open-mouthed katakuchi pitcher and two gouinomi sake cups, one black and one red.
The set is made of natural wood and "urushi" lacquer, but can be used for both cold and warm sake.
Yakumo Lacquerware is one of the famous crafts from Shimane Prefecture, and this sake set shows off the best aspects of the crafts, incorporating delicate designs painted on the cups and various brushing techniques on the pitcher.
The finish is very classy, and the sheen of the glossy lacquer changes when viewed from different angles.
|Country of origin||Shimane prefecture|
|Material||Natural wood (Kalopanax pictus)|
|Size||W3.35 * D3.35 * H4.33, W2.28 * D2.28 * H1.97 in. (φ8.5*11,φ5.8*H5.0cm)|
|Weight||0.21 lbs, 0.07 lbs(90g, 30g)|
|Capacity||6.76 oz, 2.71 oz(200ml,80ml)|
|Electronic Equipment||Microwave oven : X, Dishwashing machine : X, Direct fire : X, IH : X, Oven : X|
|Note||Do not store in direct sunlight. Do not apply adhesive tape to the surface. Before use, fill the bowl with lukewarm water to acclimate it. Do not leave it in water after use. Wash by hand and wipe with a soft cloth.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Use only rare natural Japanese lacquer
Yamamoto Lacquer Works
- Yakumo Lacquer Ware
- Kazunari Yamamoto
Creating new methods from domestic and international lacquer techniques
We were founded in 1887, more than 130 years ago.
Heiichi Sakata, a lacquerer in the service of the Matsue clan, created Yakumo lacquerware as a new and unprecedented method of lacquerware making, inspired by the lacquerware production not only in Japan but also in China and Southeast Asia.
Kisaburo Yamamoto, the founder of the company, gathered a group of craftsmen and started making lacquerware based on the Yakumo lacquerware technique created by Sakata.
Yakumo lacquerware uses only natural lacquer from Japan to create various patterns, and its most distinctive feature is that the more you use it, the brighter and more colorful the patterns become.
Growing with vivid colors.
The most distinctive feature of Yakumo lacquerware is that the patterns become more vividly colored as the years go by.
Although 90% of the lacquer used in Japan is from China, we use rare natural Japanese lacquer.
The secret behind the vivid coloration of the patterns is the natural transparent lacquer (initially a translucent candy color) that is applied over the patterns.
The lacquer becomes more transparent under the action of light, bringing out the patterns underneath vividly.
Right after it is finished, the patterns are dark and you may have a subdued impression, but the way it changes as you use it is like the lacquer is growing.
You will be captivated by it.
A beautiful vessel can last a lifetime.
Originally, Yakumo lacquerware was mainly painted with colored lacquer on the theme of flowers, birds, wind and moon.
In recent years, however, we have received requests from many customers at exhibitions for plain products.
That is why we took on the challenge of developing a plain product for the first time since the beginning of Yakumo lacquerware, and developed Yakumo Byakudan Kohaku, which uses gold leaf under natural transparent lacquer.
For home use, the vivid coloration can be felt in 3~5 years.
There are currently only two Yagumo lacquerware workshops left.
We will continue to make lifelong vessels that will bring warmth and healing to your life.
Please take a look and enjoy.
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.