During the sake brewing process, drops of sake trickle down from the mash one by one, spreading ripples on the surface of the container beneath it. Such was the inspiration for a one-of-a-kind sake cup and saucer called shitatari (written 滴り), or "trickle."
Produced by the Harebi Project from Nakagawa Iron Works, which has a history of more than 100 years at its Osaka factory, shitatari is made from stainless steel. After repeated attempts, product designer Kosuke Suzuki used the company's expertise in thin-walled steel shaping to pare down the wall of the cup incredibly thinly near the edge, allowing the drinker to come into contact with sake as intimately as possible. The stem of the cup, which rests perfectly in a depression at the center of the saucer, traces an elegant line, symbolizing the tapered end of the mash bag from whence the precious nectar trickles down.
Combined with the trickle and ripple design of the saucer beneath it, they make a harmonious pairing, the two parts completely synchronized in the evocation of the shitatari concept.
You can have a name engraved in the base of the saucer as an option.
A wonderful gift in a set of two for a special occasion such as a wedding or an anniversary, or just singly for that special person in your life who enjoys drinking sake, shitatari makes a unique addition to your home which will surely be appreciated.
Shitatari costs 26,000 yen + tax for one, or 48,000 yen + tax for a pair.
To find out more, and to place your order online, visit the official website here.
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