Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Yoshidaya Cup

Traditional Ishikawa Prefecture gold foil drinkware

One thing that makes Japanese culture unique is that it doesn't separate art from craft or aesthetics from function. Craftspeople all over Japan create items of staggering beauty that are meant to be sold to ordinary people for everyday use. The Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Yoshidaya Cup is a testament to that mindset and also to the fact that not only it is still alive and well in Japan, and that the country's artisans still continue their traditions going on centuries.

In the case of Hakuichi Kutani Porcelain Gold Leaf Yoshidaya Cup, over three and a half centuries: the Kutani porcelain it is made of goes back to the 17th century and so does the craft (or is it art?) of working gold into a hair-thin foil that is then used for decoration – in the case of this 72 x 52 mm (2.8 x 2") cup for, its inner lining. The name (Yoshidaya) comes from the man who came up with its design. As for its use, it's really up to you: whether for a beverage, dessert, or anything else, it adds a classic Japanese touch to your everyday life!

Specs and Features:

  • Gold leaf traditionally produced in Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Dimensions: 72 x 52 mm (2.8 x 2")
  • Weight: 90 g (3.2 oz)
  • Capacity: 100 ml (3.4 fl oz)
  • Materials: porcelain, pure gold foil
  • Not compatible with dishwashers and microwave ovens
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US$ 81