Region and season special edition tumblers from Starbucks are always a popular souvenir with overseas visitors, travelers who may want to reflect on the more cultural aspects of Japan they encountered during their journey when they grab a coffee or tea on the go may want to do so with a new lineup of thermoses released by household appliance maker Tiger. The new MJX series was made with the idea of expressing the beauty of traditional Japan to the world, and does so with five new thermoses inspired by Japanese nature and art forms.
Each beautiful stainless steel bottle is made carefully to recreate a three-dimensional "feel" for the cultural and artistic motif the thermos represents with meticulous layering of patterns. A "vacuum layer" allows hot drinks to stay above 87 degrees (Celsius) after one hour and cold drinks 9 degrees for 6 hours. Here are the five designs:
Inspired by perhaps Japan's most iconic natural symbol, Mt. Fuji, the thermos is designed to replicate an "inverse Mt. Fuji" reflected on a lake surface. A bumpy texture reflects trekking the massive mountain itself.
Temari are traditionally crafted "hand balls" of embroidered fabric. Sometimes made from old kimono, the everyday toy has become an art form in itself due to their brilliantly colored and patterned designs, with a temari itself symbolizing friendship when given as a gift.
This design is meant to reflect the symbolic Japanese culture of "tying" cords and braids, inspired by Kumihimo (Japanese braid-making made by interlacing silk threads and cotton yarns) and Mizuhiki (a Japanese art form using special cords, often seen as decorative tying on gifts), as well as cords found on ceremonial robes in Shinto rituals meant to connect souls.
The design combines sakura, the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan celebrated for their transient beauty, with shippo-yaki, decorative Japanese metalwork, to recreate the soft and delicate image of sakura petals.
"Arare" are small hail, or snow pellets, often admired in Japan as remnants on leave trees during winter mornings. The hail pattern is a natural fit, as it can often be observed on traditional Japanese cast iron kettles and tea cups.
The thermoses will be released on December 21st, and order availability will be updated on the official website.
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