Taya Shikkiten Swimming Red Sea Bream Wajima Lacquerware Guinomi Sake Cup

JPY ¥81,300

Indulge in the rich, smooth flavors of sake with this exceptional Wajima lacquerware guinomi sake cup. Boasting opulent layers of natural lacquer coupled with meticulously hand-painted details, this sake cup showcases the superb craftsmanship and refined artistry of Wajima lacquerware. 

The sea bream, crafted in its full and vibrant beauty, has been a symbol of joy and celebration, often used as offerings to the gods since ancient times. Brought to life with the maki-e technique, the fish flutters effortlessly in the serene waters of the small sake cup. Maki-e craftspeople, with skilled strokes of colored lacquer and a light touch of gold dust, masterfully capture the essence of the sea bream, detailing its fins, intricate scales, and expressive eyes, bringing this symbol of auspiciousness to life with elegance and precision.

The generously layered natural lacquer provides a touch that is both supple and strong. Inside, the lacquer gives a radiant polish, setting off the exterior's understated, matte texture. The silhouette of the sea bream is elegantly highlighted against the backdrop of rich, deep black lacquer, creating a luxurious and striking contrast. This piece, crafted to mature beautifully with use, invites you to savor its evolving character through the years.

Japanese sake finds a perfect companion in lacquerware. The high insulation and heat retention properties of lacquerware help to maintain the original flavor of the sake, whether enjoyed hot or cold.

The genuine excellence of this sake cup is revealed the moment it graces your lips. Its feel is soft and gentle, a distinct quality that sets it apart from sake cups made of other materials. The warmth of the cup, felt as you cradle it in your hands, nurtures the soul. Savor the luxury of Japanese sake in this exquisitely crafted lacquerware, transforming each moment into an experience of skillful artistry and serene pleasure.

Taya Shikkiten, a distinguished Wajima lacquerware establishment with a 200-year legacy, resides in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, close to the Sea of Japan. Celebrated for their masterful use of natural materials, they handcraft lacquerware with unparalleled beauty and practicality in their workshop. Having flourished through generations, Taya Shikkiten has become a symbol of traditional Wajima lacquerware artistry. Taya Shikkiten is committed to preserving the authenticity and excellence of Wajima lacquerware, embodying the essence of time-honored craftsmanship.


  • Quantity: 1
  • DimensionD 6.2 cm (2.4 in) x H 4.8 cm (1.9 in)
  • Capacity: 50 ml (1.7 oz)
  • Material: Wood, gold powder
  • Coating: Lacquer
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Wajima lacquerware
  • Brand: Taya Shikkiten


Crafting and Delivering Excellence since 1818

Taya Shikkiten, a revered name in the world of Wajima lacquerware, boasts a 200-year history of exquisite artisanship and timeless quality. Situated in Wajima City, near the Sea of Japan in Ishikawa Prefecture, this esteemed establishment has been nurtured through generations, evolving into a hallmark of traditional Wajima lacquerware artistry.

Taya Shikkiten skillfully employs natural wood, natural lacquer, and jinoko, a locally sourced baked diatomaceous earth, to meticulously handcraft creations of extraordinary beauty and reliable functionality. Whether breathing new life into cultural heirlooms or shaping exquisite tableware, the company stands as a steadfast guardian of refined elegance and exceptional quality, showcasing the pinnacle of Wajima lacquerware's craftsmanship.

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Wajima Lacquerware

Enduring Beauty and Timeless Richness

Wajima lacquerware, one of Japan's most esteemed lacquerware, finds its home in Wajima City, nestled in the northwest corner of the Noto Peninsula. This illustrious craft, flourishing since the Edo period (1603 CE - 1867 CE), is distinguished by its rich foundation and decorative embellishments that promise both aesthetic and functional excellence.

With an astounding number of steps in its production process, its sumptuous lacquer coat and exquisite decorations draw one into the mesmerizing world of Wajima artistry. Honored as an Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1975, Wajima lacquerware gracefully continues its evolution while maintaining the rich tapestry of its ancient traditions.

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