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An exquisite sake cup to savor Japanese sake.Each sake cup, meticulously crafted by hand, enhances the delightful flavor of Japanese sake.Our golden sake cup is recommended as celebratory gifts or for those who love sake.

A most refined sake experience

The "sakazuki" is a traditional Japanese vessel for drinking sake.

Our "Golden Sakazuki" is handmade of all natural materials by master craftsmenļ¼¨every cup is an original. It makes an exquisite keepsake as well as fine gift for a very special someone.


Golden Sakazuki

3.4 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches
(Sizes are approximate as each item is hand-crafted.)
Raw materials:
clay, glaze, urushi lacquer,and gold leaf
Storage method:
Please avoid high temperature, high humidity, and direct sunlight when storing.
US$ 200
  • Please be aware that urushi lacquer can cause irritation to those with allergies or have sensitive skin.
  • Golden Sakazuki can be washed carefully with a soft sponge and neutral detergent and wipe dry with a soft cloth. If you rub too hard or use an abrasive washing product, the gold leaf may flake and peel off.
  • Please be careful not to drop, scrape, or handle the item roughly as this may scratch the surface.
  • Avoid direct sunlight to prevent deformation, discoloration, and peeling.
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How a gold leaf sake cup is made

Preparation of Clay

Fine-grained clay is produced through the crushing and elutriation of base clay and soils. 14th generation Takatori Hachinojo Shinobazu personally makes the clay from raw soils he collects in the vicinity of his studio, aging it after elutriation until it reaches the perfect density and water content.

Preparation of Clay


The sakazuki vessel is molded by the 14th generation Takatori Hachinojo Shinobazu.The extremely thin and light vessel is a renowned characteristic of the 400-year old Takatori Hassen kiln.


Raw materials in the glaze are a mixture of wood ash, straw ash, rust, and feldspar. In the high temperature of the firing (called hon-yaki), the glaze melts differently depending on where it is placed in the kiln. The application of glaze is thus finely tuned to compensate for the difference.



The vessel is fired in a wood-fired kiln at a peak temperature between 1230 and 1280 degrees Celsius. The melted glaze forms a deep and rich color.

Base/lacquer coating

Two or three coats of urushi lacquer is applied to create a smooth base, which is essential for ensuring that the gold leaf sticks to the surface of the ceramic vessel and keeps its shiny complexion.

Gold Leaf

The thickness of the gold leaf is approximately 0.1 micron. It must be stamped in a windless environment. We use only the finest gold leaf-pure gold and No.1 color rating.

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A moment of luxury,
sipping fine sake from the golden sakazuki...

The aroma of Japanese sake (such as Dassai) is affected greatly by its exposure to the air (its total surface area). The wide and shallow Golden Sakazuki is best for fine sake, allowing the full bouquet to be enjoyed while sipping it. Small sips allow the sake to be slowly swallowed while coating the tongue, highlighting the complex flavors made during fermentation of the rice in sake.

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The Golden Sakazuki is a unique blend of generations of traditional culture and contemporary innovation.

A masterpiece that converges the skills of leading craftsmen

Takatori Hassen Kiln14th generation Takatori HachinojoShinobazu

Takatori Hassen Kiln 14th generation
Takatori Hachinojo Shinobazu

The kiln was established more than 400 years ago and has continued unbroken for 14 generations. Takatori Hassen is renowned mostly for its ceremonial vessels for Japanese tea.

Our Golden Sakazuki is based on the "Kuroda Sakazuki," made originally for the head of the clan that ruled the Fukuoka Domain during the Edo Period. The cup is characterized by being extremely thin and light, with a deep and rich color, and having a smooth texture that brings out the best nature of fine sake.

Jobido2nd generation Kenichi Era

Jobido 2nd generationKenichi Era

Jobido has focused on maintaining and repairing Buddhist altars that are commonly maintained for multiple generations in head-of-household families. Home altars are commonly ornate and finely-detailed, incorporating skilled woodwork, urushi lacquer, and gold leaf.

Era has been dedicated to preserving family altars, so that they can be keepsakes for many generations.

Jobido3rd generation Makiko Era

Jobido 3rd generationMakiko Era

Era is particularly skilled in painting urushi lacquer and gold leaf stamping, indispensable skills for repairing Buddhist altars. These skills are also central to making the Golden Sakazuki.

Please inquire

We are interested in partnering with qualified distributors/dealers throughout the world. Interested parties should have experience with fine arts and crafts and especially those pertaining to Japanese history and culture. Knowledge and experience with Japanese sake is also welcomed but not required.

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