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Sen-men Drinking Set "Tosoki" for Japanese Rice Wine "Sake" (Tosoki-soroi Sen-men Maki-e)
AboutYAMADA HEIANDO: We are the proudpurveyor of tablewareto the JapaneseImperial Household.
YAMADA HEIANDO is a Japanese lacquerware brand, with more than 90 years of history and traditions. Founded in 1919 in Tokyo, Japan, we have always been serving the finest lacquered products, varying largely from classic set of tableware to modern line of stationery. Our customers include the Japanese Imperial Household, Foreign Embassies of Japan, and renowned places of worship. In the hope that more people will feel connected with the art of lacquerware, we tell stories of contemporary lifestyle to the world via varieties of innovative line up. We have been the leading company in Japanese lacquerware industry, standing out from others for our clear sense of time.
What is URUSHI?
All of YAMADA HEIANDO's products, from classic set of tableware to modern line of stationery, are finished with a traditional Japanese technique of lacquer coating. The technique applies sap of a specific lacquer tree called URUSHI (Rhus Verniciflua). The history goes as far back as 3.4 million years ago, when the lacquer sap was used as an adhesive in Asia during the Stone Age. It was us the Japanese, however, that first recognised the beauty inherent in lacquerware. We refined the coating technique to the level where it became nothing but art. Today, such distinguished craftsmen, including ones in YAMADA HEIANDO's ordinary of course, are entitled as a "Certified Traditional Craftsmen" from the government. We have been - and will always be - creating innovations with new varieties of lacquerware, representing contemporary lifestyle both in Japan and over the world.
From the Master Craftsmen's Atelier. To Drink Japanese Sake in the Most Exquisite Way.
This sake drinking set is one representative item that we have been wanting to introduce as our Master Craftsmen’s superlative series. It is a complete set of utensils for drinking Japanese sake in the most authentic way - Have your beloved sake in the "choshi" pot, drink from the "sakazuki" cup in one mouthful, and make your drinking time exquisite. As the name "tosoki" (屠蘇器) indicates, the set is aimed to be used especially for Japan’s traditional sake called "toso" (屠蘇). The Japanese drink it for celebration, hoping that the spicy liquor would bring fortune. We, to express such wish with a motif, chose to feature the traditional auspicious sign of a hand fan, along with another fortunate symbol of "shochikubai" (a pine, a bamboo, and a plum). What makes this sake drinking set even more exceptional is that its complicated forms are all made of wood. Our exclusive craftsmen carve out a genuine wood, use their "maki-e" techniques to hand-paint the classical motif of a hand fan, and apply a smooth coat of urushi lacquer to finish. Every single part of these "tosoki" items proves how sophisticated our craftsmen are, even a part as small as a chrysanthemum relief on a screw of the pot.
Your Favourite Design, in Your Favourite Colour.
Sen-men ( 扇面 Hand Fan )
A hand fan is an implement that was first invented by the Japanese by combining beauty and utility. Although the original purpose was to induce a small airflow and refresh yourself with cool breeze, the Japanese has brought it up to the level of art by selecting ethereal pieces of paper or portraying elaborate designs. As a proof of its intimacy with the heart of the Japanese, a hand fan appears in much of the Japanese culture, for example traditional paintings, classic dances, and exchange of poems. Its shape, widening toward the end, resembles a hint of becoming prosperous.
Shochikubai( 松竹梅 Pine, Bamboo, and Plum )
The combination of a pine, a bamboo, and a plum is a typical sign of good luck in Japan. From the way they endure cold winter and beautifully flourish in the spring, the three motifs have been associated with the idea of prosperity, eternal life, and pure nobility.
▲ Pine ( 松 ) The pine has a strong vitality to survive winter even when its needles are puffed with snow.
▲ Bamboo ( 竹 ) The bamboo grows, or rather shoots up, from under the snow clad ground at a rapid speed.
▲ Plum ( 梅 ) Upon the coming of the thaw, the plum will be the first to bear its sweet pink flowers.
Genuine Materials from Nature.Sensibility in Models and Pre-Coats.
Materials for this item are 100% natural. First we carve each utensil from Japanese genuine woods, using varieties of hand tools to add fine tuning. Models are shaped with our experienced craftsmen's keen sense of touch, so that bodies and their lids would fit exactly when put together. We then keep them dry for months until their moisture concentration stabilises at low percentage. Thin layers of raw clay and urushi lacquer are applied to form a evenly smoothed surface. These pre-coats need to be thin enough for them to dry inward and outward at the same speed, or they would shrink on the exterior. A flat canvas is the essential for the next step: drawing representative designs with a "maki-e" technique.
MAKI-E,The Finishing Sparkles on Lacquerware.
Typical examples of lacquerware were ones with finishing called MAKI-E. It is a traditional Japanese technique of gilding, to draw three-dimensional pictures and designs on a lacquered surface. Only meticulousness of the finest craftsmen can create this work of art, by portraying classical motifs in lacquer on a pre-coated model and sprinkling gold and silver leaf on top. This beauty of Japan has been fascinating people all over the world, including Maria Theresa of the Habsburg dominions and her daughter Marie Antoinette. The two celebrities were so passionate that they set an entire room full of lacquered luxuries in the Schönbrunn Palace and the Palace of Versailles respectively. Maria Theresa even preferred lacquerware to "everything in the world, all diamonds." They referred to lacquereware as "Japan," after respect and admiration for the glorious country of the Far East.
HAND FANS in Gold, with Pink Plums.
Hand-painted by using "iro urushi" (colour lacquer). Our craftsmen mix raw lacquer with dyes just before starting painting, so that they can adjust the mixing combinations depending on the day's temperature and humidity.
HAND FANS in Amber, with Gold Pine Trees.
Finished with a special type of "maki-e" technique called "nashi-ji." Gold powder in rough flakes are sprinkled onto the surface, with the greatest care not to protrude outside the delicate design. Thick coats of special urushi lacquer are applied to cover the entire surface, but are polished to bring out the design as a three-dimentional relief. YAMADA HEIANDO's nashi-ji is of high renown for our depth in colour, for we paint-coat the lacquer thicker and polish thinner than generally done.
Hand-Painted, Inside and Out.
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3 Different Cups,All in Size of a Palm.
< Suggested Specialty > Special sake called "toso," the traditionally spiced type of Japanese rice wine for celebration(literally meaning "to exorcise bad luck and revive one’s spirit") Have your beloved sake in the "choshi" pot, drink from the "sakazuki" cup in one mouthful, and enjoy your exquisite drinking time.
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