I visited, ”JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFTS AOYAMA SQUARE” in Aoyama, Tokyo.
This is a specialty shop that sells traditional Japanese crafts from all over Japan.
I’ve never been there although I knew about the place.
On that day, I had a chance to visit the place.
When I entered the shop, a lot of beautiful lacquerware came into view.
I was sure that I would never feel bored in this shop.
Though I found many items that I wanted, they were all out of my price range.
But fortunately, I was able to find a wonderful item in my price range.
It is a lacquered sake cup called, “sakazuki”.
The red-lacquered sakazuki has been considered good luck in Japan for a long time ago.
Maybe I’m going too fast, but I bought it for drinking sake with special dishes prepared for the New Year.
This sakazuki was made of natural wood and lacquer. It was made by a traditional craftsperson in Aizu(Fukushima Prefecture).
After returning home, I tried using this sakazuki right away.
I filled it with sake called, “Yawara-sanmangoku”.
It looked so flamboyant.
Its beautiful red color reminded me of a Shinto shrine in Kyoto.
I really liked it.
The taste of sake in this sakazuki was very good.