Today, "Masu" is getting attention overseas as a traditional Japanese cup. And those who are fans of Japanese cuisine and
Japanese sake are already familiar with it. Other than its use in Japanese cuisine, masu is also used as an accessory box or as decoration on tables to stylishly present seasoning such as salt, pepper and other spices.
3 different size of square cups set that fit perfectly into each other.
Very popular items as aromatic decoration. You can feel the faint scent of hinoki wood.
They have various uses such as a ceremonial toasting cup at a get together or as a cute container for candies, accessories and small items.
Different images are printed on each 3 pieces set. Printed patterns are related to Ogaki city (*1), "Matsuo Basho (*2)" on small masu cup, "Ogaki castle (*3)" on the medium one and "Funamachi Lighthouse and Basho's Phrase (*4)" on the big one.
material.............. Japanese Cypress Hinoki
Dimensions......... small; L. 43 x W. 43 x H. 36 mm
medium; L. 60 x W. 60 x H. 45 mm
big; L. 85 x W. 85 x H. 56 mm
weight................. ca. 160 g/set
1) This item is made by hand from natural wood and each item is unique.
The delivered item may not have the same wood grain, color or the size may be slightly different from that seen in the photo.
2) Please note that wood articles are generally not suitable for the dishwasher, microwave oven or heating. Wash gently by using
a cloth or soft sponge.
1) Es könnte kleine Unterschiede zwischen der abgebildeten Farbe und der tatsächlichen Farbe geben aufgrund von Naturprodukte.
2) Bitte beachten Sie, dass Holzartikel generell nicht in die Spülmaschine gehören. Holz ist ein Naturprodukt und somit nicht geeignet
für scharfe Reiniger und große Hitze.
◆ NOTE ◆
*1) Ogaki city:
located in Gifu Prefecture, is top share market of Masu in Japan, also a major manufacturing
center of Hinoki (cypress) lumber.
*2)『松尾芭蕉』Matsuo Basho (1644 - 1694 ):
He was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. Today, Basho is known worldwide for
his clear, piercing Haiku poets. Ogaki city was the final destination in 1689 of Basho's epic
journey to the northeast of Japan related in "Oku no Hosomichi" ("The Narrow Road to the deep
*3)『大垣城 』Ogaki Castle:
A symbol of the Ogaki city, that has built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1585. The castle was
designated a National Treasure in 1936. It was destroyed by fire, however, in the air raids of
1945 during WWII. The existing donjon was rebuilt in 1959.
*4)『住吉灯台と芭蕉の句』Sumiyoshi Lighthouse and Basho's Phrase:
The Sumiyoshi Lighthouse in Ogaki, stands today as a testament to the history behind
the Suimon River, which connected Ise city and Ogaki during the Edo Period.
The Basho's Phrase appears what kinds of memories recurred to his mind.:
"蛤のふたみにわかれ行く秋ぞ" - hamaguri no / futami ni wakare / yuku aki zo -
“Sadly, I part from you / Like a clam torn from its shell / I go, the autumn too.”
The origins of the masu go to back centuries...
The existence of masu cups in the distant past of 1300 years before today in the Nara period has been confirmed.
In Edo Period (1603 - 1868), the masu were used by merchants to measure for sale such important commodities as rice and other grains as well as soy sauce, vinegar and sake.
In Japan, people use the terms ichi-go or i-ssho (equals to ten “go”) to measure rice or sake, and a level masu cup of rice is ichi-go (one go), making for one to two servings of rice when cooked.
The metric system, which has been gradually taking over from traditional measurement methods, became the standard in Japan, and masu cups stopped being used for a measurement tool.
However, masu cups achieved a “revival” later on as free gifts to accompany Japanese sake and as commemorative gifts at celebrations, where they were appreciated for their beautiful grain and great aroma.
Today, masu are often used for serving sake at sake barrel ceremonies "kagami biraki"
and at traditional Japanese pubs "izakaya" that appeal to the customer's sense of nostalgia
Masu vary in size but the two most common sizes used for enjoying sake are
the 144 ml "hasshaku" masu and the 180 ml "ich-go" masu.
- Durable -
Japanese Cypress, better known as Hinoki, is a rare type of wood which is said to take 300 years to grow 30 centimeters in radius. It has a fine grain of beautiful colors and is easy to process and highly durable. Often used in manufacturing as lumber for its sturdiness it has many more advantages.
- relaxing effect by fresh fragrance -
The Hinoki has such a characteristic fragrance that it will make you feel highly relaxed as if walking peacefully in the forest.
The great aroma of Hinoki enhances the flavor of sake, to the point where once you try the combination, you might not be able to do without it ever again.
- antiseptic, antibacterial effect-
Hinoki has a great resistance to water and even has an antiseptic effects.
Not only is it used as architectural material in sacred shrines and temples, but it can also be found in the forms of cutting boards and counters at sushi restaurants for its antibacterial effect.
* Environmentally Friendly
No trees are cut specifically for the purpose of making a Masu cup. Masu cups are made by effectively recycling wood that did not meet building material standards because of its shape or size.
When making masu cups, the wood materials are first dried in order to prevent shrinking and the forming of gaps,
then cut into the shapes of side and bottom pieces to be assembled. The edges of each piece are cut into such shapes
that they can be alternately put together, making the final look of the product beautiful.
The assembled masu cup then gets decorated with symbols and paint to reach its completed state.
Ohashi Ryoki, a company specialized for over 60 years in the manufacturing of traditional hand-crafted Masu cups.
It is located in Ogaki city, Gifu Prefecture, which accounts for about 80% of the production of masu cups in Japan,
also a major manufacturing center of Hinoki (cypress) lumber.
They developed a range of contemporary products inspired by masu cups made of Japanese Hinoki cypress.
This allows us to offer traditional masu cups as well as modern products such as the Eco humidifier,
colored or variant formed masu cups.