The Ninshu Ochoko holds just enough sake shy of a full glass' worth so that you are never quite sure if you had just filled or emptied your cup; somehow you are compelled to finish what remains and have a friend fill it up again! Cup after cup, this method of drinking sake is the greatest indicator of (hopefully) great libations and the best of company. Clutch this sake cup in your hand, appreciating both the perfect proportions and the occasional rough edges that come only with the best in traditional handmade ceramic drinkware. Also take a second to ponder how they fit that Ninshu stamp so perfectly on there. We use this as a thumb rest.
A note on the glaze: Understated and restrained, the texture of this glaze (with all its peaks and divots) showcase the peculiarities and character of a one-of-a-kind creation. From the maker, "the characteristic glaze, which resembles a rock surface, creates a delicacy by making the vessels thin. It is a fairly distortion-prone species, but its distortion is also a positive feature."
We love how rustic but refined feel of this finish. While the surface may look rough, the rim is thin and delicate. It feels as though you are drinking from the edge of a stream. This vessel enhances the purity of the liquid that is poured into it – as though you are one step closer to nature.
Founded in 1646, the Omuro Kiln was founded to serve Ninnaji Temple of the Omuro Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan. Ninnaji is famous for its Omuro Sakura (cherry blossoms) and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Ninshu brand preserves the handmade ceramic traditions of the Omuro Kiln as the current kilnmaster appointed by Ninnaji Temple. Enjoy these handmade pieces and their subtle differences and glazes ranging from subdued to vibrant and eye-catching. Use these to enhance your coffee, tea, sake, shochu, and beer-drinking experience all while holding a piece of Kyoto's handmade ceramic tradition.
- Capacity: 2 oz
- Dimensions: D 2.3in X H 1.77in
- Material: Ceramic
- Individually boxed
- Made in Kyoto, Japan