Although lots of our merchandise is “cute” things that appeal to younger people, we do have some serious Japanese goods. One of them is this beautiful Koimari sake set signed by Seibei and contained in a wooden box.
Imari porcelain is one of the most famous and traditional types of porcelain made in Japan. The porcelain is glazed by the special technique using many different colors. The technique was developed during the 17th century in Imari region (currently in Saga prefecture). Modern Imari porcelain is categorized in three distinct types. Ko-Imari, Kakiemon and Nabeshima styles.
Ko-Imari means “old Imari”. This type typically uses red or gold to make them luxurious. The patterns are elaborate and gorgeous. There are rare blue only ones as well.
Kakiemon is the name of the creator. He had produced beautiful milky white porcelain. The pattern on the porcelain uses many different colours. However, to show off the white base, the pattern on the porcelain is not dense, creating meaningful spaces in between the patterns.
Nabeshima style uses only red, yellow or green to draw pictures. The lines used to create the pattern are very thin.
|Koimari style sake bottle and cup. Beautiful gold on purple and green background.|
|Close up picture of the sake cup.|
This is a very high-end luxury Imari set. You will definitely enjoy sake in this cup and the bottle. Imagine you are enjoying sake in the type of porcelain displayed in the ancient royal castles all over the world.
In case you don’t know how to use this, here are the instructions for warm sake.
- First you need to pour water in a small pot half full.
- Pour sake into the sake bottle until it reaches about the neck of the bottle or less.
- Place the sake bottle in the small pot with water, and heat the small pot.
- Once the water is boiled, turn the heat low.
- Wait for a while until sake inside the bottle is warm then take the sake bottle out of the water. Be careful when you touch the bottle. It is very hot.
- Pour the sake out of the bottle into the cup. Enjoy!