AIZU LACQUER WARE Black and Red Japanese Cold Sake pair glass set
Miraculous combination of Aizu Lacquer ware and Hagi Glasses. Urushi polishing on the glass surface was thought impossible because of the nature of both materials, but one Japanese artist did not give up and made the miracle happen! This is extremely rare piece that you will not find often in the US.
This beautiful lacquer glass is ideal for drinking beer or sake.
Sake is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice. Sake is sometimes called "rice wine" but the brewing process is more akin to beer, converting starch to sugar for the fermentation process, by using Aspergillus oryzae.
The Japanese believe that drinking Sake is one of the finer pleasures in life, and in order to enjoy it to the fullest the Sake bottle you pour from and the Sake cup you pour into should be as beautiful or as interesting as possible. Sake is made all over Japan and each has its own unique flavor, reflecting the area it comes from. Some Sake is quite sweet while others can be very dry, with as many variations as fine wine.
Aizu Lacquer Glasses were developed brining lots of stories around. Mr Hoshida, the owner of the Hoshida craft shop, decided to lacquer on top of Hagi glasses from Hagi, Yamaguchi prefecture. Despite a lot of oppositions from traditional Aizu lacquer makers and Hagi glass makers he was determined to complete the Aizu lacquer glasses. There was also technical challenges to urushi lacquer on top of the glasses because these two materials do not stick well each other. Aizu lacuqer ware has been facing with economical challenges due to the shift to the western life style and moreover the earthquake in Fukushima area in 2011. Aizu lacquer artists are not giving up, however, that they are trying to invent new ways of keeping the tradition and meeting the new demand.
Genuine Aizu Lacquer ware is very hard to find in the US. Our Aizu Lacquer ware come from the prestigious potteries that have been in business for a very long time in the Aizu area. You will surely enjoy beautiful gloss and cool feel of traditional Aizu Lacquer ware.
HOW TO CARE URUSHI LACQUER WARE
1) This includes but is not limited to direct sunlight, halogen lamps, black lights, and disinfecting cabinets. Exposure to ultraviolet light will cause discoloration as well as cracking, crazing and deterioration of surface luster. To maintain prevent minor cosmetic changes in color, urushi should be stored in a dark place when not in use. It is also recommended that you place a tissue or a cloth between the lacquerware, wrap them, and avoid extremely dry environment if they are not used for a long time.
2) Although urushi can withstand many every day chemicals such as alcohol, acids and bases, it will not withstand some harsher chemicals. Rinse out in warm water and put watered-down mild detergent liquid on a dishcloth or a soft non abrasive sponge and wash gently If greased on. After washing, drain and dry with a cloth before dried out. Dishwashers are also not recommended because of the high heat and rapid temperature changes involved.
3) Although urushi itself can withstand very high temperatures, most lacquerware has wood, resin or hard rubber as a core. Microwaves can also cause excessive drying and cause a piece to craze or crack or the metal powder or foil used in the lacquer will react adversely to the microwave radiation. Putting in microwave will damage your lacquer ware.
Dimensions: 2.17 " x 2.17 " x 3.66 "
Weight: 0.7 lb
Shipped in 2 - 3 days.