A traditional masu set with three different designs!
This stackable set of traditional wooden masu sake cups feature images of samurai, ninja, and a sumo wrestler that evoke the image of Japan
The largest samurai masu features the kanji for the word "kanpai" written on a fan with a Japanese flag.
Kanpai means "cheers" in Japanese, and is a phrase you'll become quite familiar with if you drink sake with Japanese friends
The masu are made from Japanese cypress wood, and imbibe the sake that your pour in with a lovely aroma that will remind you of Japan.
|Country of origin||Gifu, Japan|
|Size||S: W1.77 * D1.77 * H1.42 in. (W4.5 * D4.5 * H3.6 cm)
M: W2.48 * D2.48 * H1.73 in. (W6.3 * D6.3 * H4.4 cm)
L: W3.35 * D3.35 * H2.2 in. (W8.5 * D8.5 * H5.6 cm)
|Weight||S: 0.06 lbs(25g)
M: 0.1 lbs(45g),
L: 0.22 lbs(100g)
|Capacity||S : 0.85 oz(25ml)
M : 2.87 oz(85ml),
L : 6.09 oz(180ml)
|Electronic Equipment||Microwave oven : X Dishwashing machine : X Direct fire : X IH : X Oven : X|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 3-4 weeks)|
Breathing new life into wood
J.Flavor * OHASHI RYOKI
- Masu (square wooden cup)
- Hiroyuki Ohashi
A new form of the 1,300-year-old Masu
The city of Ogaki in Gifu Prefecture is the largest producer of wooden masu in Japan, accounting for 80% of the national total.
Since its establishment in 1950, Ogaki City has been dedicated to the production of Masu, and has been striving to pass on its technology and culture.
Masu has been excavated from the ruins of Heijo-kyo in the Nara period (1300 years ago), and is a traditional craft deeply rooted in Japanese culture.
As a tool for weighing rice, etc., it was an indispensable part of Japanese life.
However, times have changed.
In the past, there were 11 manufacturers in Ogaki City, but more than half of them have gone out of business, and by 2021, there will be only four, but they are still producing 2 million units a year.
We believe that the role of Masu has not ended in Japan or in the world.
Today, the exotic and innovative container "Masu" is attracting attention from all over the world, and we will continue to challenge overseas for the development of Ogaki's Masu.
Utilize the characteristics of the material.
■JAPANESE to MASU
Designed with "samurai," "ninja," and "sumo," this is a product that gives overseas customers a direct impression of Japan, and is perfect as a gift or souvenir.
Each of them poses with a bottle of sake, suggesting a way to enjoy sake by drinking it in Masu.
■Eco Humidifier MAST
This is an eco-friendly humidifier designed in the image of a sailboat's mast, which can be used without electricity.
The material used is Japanese cypress.
The sails are shaved so thinly that they become transparent when exposed to sunlight, and the grain of the wood that emerges in the sunlight is very beautiful, moistening not only the air but also your heart.
The humidifying effect is also high, evaporating about eight times faster than water in a glass.
It naturally moisturizes the dry air, and the faint scent of cypress will soothe you while you enjoy your relaxing time in your room.
Enjoy the new Masu to the fullest.
Masu used to be a part of every Japanese household, but nowadays it is rarely used.
However, Masu is still an indispensable part of Japanese culture and has taken root in the lives of Japanese people as a measuring cup, a sake cup, and a container for throwing beans during Setsubun.
We believe that because Masu has been loved for a long time and has a long tradition, it has hidden new possibilities that have not been noticed until now.
We will continue to explore and propose new ways to use Masu by utilizing the beauty of the material and wood processing techniques.
We hope you will pick up one of our masu and enjoy it at home.
2018 OMOTENASHI SELECTION Gold Award
2021 Sustainable ★ Selection Phase 3 ★ (one star)
Bringing the value of "Japan's hidden talent" to more people
Bringing smiles to the local community, to the world, and to society.
We, J Flavor, are a craft production group that creates new value by combining the various talents that Japan possesses in terms of tradition, technology, and sensitivity.
We want people all over the world to know the talent that Japan.
Through the value of Japanese products, we aim to create a society where everyone has a smile.
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.