NOUSAKU FUTAE - set of 2 sake cups
A set of 2 sake cups in 100% pure tin designed by Masanori Oji and made by Japanese metal craft workshop NOUSAKU.
A large and a small cups can be stacked one another. Two cups for two drinks. Or, one cup for a drink and the other for a snack. The heavy tactility of the tin is very special. The excellent thermal conductivity keeps food and drinks served in tin super fresh. This design has been realised using casting techniques handed down over 400 years.
Pleasantly substantial, this set of 2 cups make unique and special sake cups. Oji-san recommends they are perfect portable size - sake in the park, anyone? They were also designed with weekends away in mind. The heaviness of the tin keeps the vessels stable when placed on the little ledge of the shinkansen bullet train, for example. So perfect for picnics as well. Travel sake!
A set of sake cups. A large and a small cups can be stacked one another.
NOUSAKU has a history spanning 400 years. Their products were initially mainly Buddhist altar articles, tea paraphernalia and flower vases. Nowadays they develop and apply their metal casting skills to interior products and tableware in collaboration with current designers.
NOUSAKAU uses 100% pure tin. Tin in its pure form is the 3rd most rare and precious metal after gold and silver. It's believed in japan that water served in tin vessels does not spoil and that tin removes excess bitterness, producing a better taste. Tin also has low allergic reactivity and high antibacterial qualities. For these special qualities, tin has traditionally been used for sake and teaware in Japan.
Tin also gives the continuous joy of reforming shapes over and over again as it is malleable at room temperature; a soft and flexible metal, it is said to make a crackling sound when bent by hand, known as the 'Tin Cry'.
Large dia 59 h58
Small dia 54 h58
Packaged in box
Handmade in Japan.
Handwash with mild detergent using a soft cloth or sponge. You can polish with commercial metal cleaner, toothpaste or baking soda to bring out the luster but never use a scrubbing brush on the metal. Do not place in microwave or dishwasher, or over a fire, as the melting point of tin is low.