Sake Masu Cup
Sake can be drunk in two ways: with a short clear glass or a square wooden cup, called a masu cup. Originally, masu cups were small square wooden boxes used to measure rice portions in Japan during the feudal period.
The wooden masu cup is said to complement traditionally brewed sake, since it's brewed in wooden casks. They also carry a woodsy, clean scent as an added touch, and can be used as a container for the short glass or by itself as a cup.
In most celebrations involving sake, a glass is placed inside the masu cup, over which the host will pour sake until it overflows into the masu like a waterfall. The overflowing is an act of kindness and generosity by the host to show their appreciation for your hospitality.
How to drink from a masu?
The way to drink from a masu cup is to hold the cup diagonally – that is, with one corner of the square facing towards you. Use both hands to lift the cup, one on either side supporting opposite corners. Bring the masu to your face and gently inhale the aroma of the sake mingled with the cypress wood. Then take a small sip, letting the sake linger on your tongue before swallowing.
If you are using masu cups at celebrations, the traditional way to use them is with another small glass placed inside. Slowly pour sake into the glass, letting it overflow into the masu. This represents the host’s overflowing hospitality, and is an act of appreciation by the host for their guests. To avoid spills, bend your head towards the table and sip the sake from the glass – do not pick up the cup yet! When the level of sake has gone down, you can either pour the rest of the sake from the glass into the masu, or the other way around. Then continue to drink as normal.
To care for your cedar masu, wipe with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. If it needs washing, hand wash only under running water. Do not use soap or detergent. Towel-dry as much as possible, then leave to air dry completely and store in a dark, dry place.
Material: Yoshino Cedar wood without any paint or glue.
Capacity: 180 cc
Made in Japan.
Dimensions: W 8 x L 8 x H 5 cm