Taya Shikkiten Swimming Pufferfish 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 pufferfish, crafted in its full and whimsical beauty, stands as a symbol of abundance and fortune. Brought to life with the maki-e technique, the fish glides effortlessly through the sake inside the small cup. Maki-e artisans, with their masterful touch, use fine strokes of colored lacquer and a gentle sprinkling of gold powder to breathe life into the pufferfish, creating a delicate and enchanting underwater world within the cup's elegant confines.

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. Beneath the black lacquer, hints of vermillion subtly appear along the edges, hinting at a discreet elegance. 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 Wajima lacquerware sake cup, 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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