Superstition is a big part of Japanese culture and if you look closely, you start seeing all kinds of objects that are considered auspicious. Take the traditional square measuring cup, for example, which is still used for sake: it's called a masu but if there's more than one, it becomes "masu-masu," which means "increasingly" or "more and more," as in "more and more good fortune." The Deluxe Lucky Talisman Sake Cups Set is a beautiful selection of five sake cups, each featuring a different such symbol.
Besides the masu, the other cups in the Deluxe Lucky Talisman Sake Cups Set have the symbols for pine, plum, gourd, and fan, all carrying connoations of luck or good fortune. All are also made of tin, with the symbol in gold also lined with foil inside. The set comes in an attractive paulownia wood box often used for traditional items in Japan, making this an elegant gift and a superb example of Japanese craftsmanship. A must-have for yourself or any serious fan of classical Japanese culture, even if you don't drink sake!
The Deluxe Lucky Talisman Sake Cups Set features:
- Contains 5 cups/designs: masu (measuring cup), hyotan (gourd), matsu (pine), ume (plum), ogi (fan)
- Dimensions (cup): 37 x 65 mm (1.4 x 2.5")
- Dimensions (box): 65 x 188 x 185 mm (2.5 x 7.4 x 7.2")
- Materials: 100% pure tin, gold foil, paulownia