HAGI Sake Guinomi Cup
Small guinomi cup for Japanese sake for both warm and cold!
The cup has wavy lines around and it gives you a good feeling when you hold it. It's all hand made by Hagi pottery artists. These are the Hagi ware cute little cups you'll find yourself wanting to collect.
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. Sake can be served either hot or cold.
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. Sake can be sipped both hot or ice cold, so it is a wonderful way to warm up in the winter, or cool off in the summer.
The charms of Hagi ware's rough clay and rich, pockmarked surfaces, laced with cracks in the glaze, take on character and deeper tones with age and use. Its blushing, soft reddish and creamy white glazes, displaying the voluptuous warmth of living flesh, are often described in feminine terms.
Specially packaged in a wooden box.
HOW TO CARE HAGI WARE
Before each use, let the ceramics sit and absorb plenty of water for about 30 minutes. This prevents the tea from soaking into the ceramics and causing tea-stains.
Unlike the glazed type of ceramics, Hagiyaki is rough in nature and may leak in the early stages of use. With repeated usage, the seeping of tea incrustations will eventually seal it and the leaking will stop. If leaking continues, dry the ceramics well, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into 500cc of water, boil and pour into the ceramics. Let sit for 6 hours and leaking will stop.
Do not use in microwave ovens. The glaze may become discolored or the ceramics may break at extreme high temperatures.
After washing the ceramics, dry well before storing. Hagiyaki absorbs moisture. So improper storage may cause molding. It is very important to thoroughly dry the Hagiyaki ceramics.
Dimensions: 2.64 " x 2.64 " x 1.99 "
Weight: 0.35 lb
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