The Rakuzen sake cup was designed to be the perfect drinking vessel for Japanese sake. It is a large cup designed to be easy for anyone to use, regardless of disability, age, or background. The beautifully designed, knock and spill resistant, and easy-to-hold Rakuzen sake cup is designed to be user-friendly for all.
The cup is particularly unique in that it is difficult to tip over – it will always return to an upright position when knocked to the side.
The way it pops back up when bumped is reminiscent of an “okiagari kobōshi” doll – literally “little priest that gets back up again” – a traditional Japanese doll. Okiagari kobōshi dolls are a traditional folk craft from Aizu, Fukushima. They are often thought of as a lucky charm because of how they embody the Japanese proverb “nanakorobi yaoki” (meaning “stumble seven times, get up eight”) in the way they pop back up again and again whenever they are pushed over.
Rakuzen sake cups are also very easy to hold. The groove on the underside of the cup allows you to easily grip the base and hold the cup more firmly in your hands.
The inner base of the Rakuzen sake cup is slightly raised into a mound shape to prevent sake from splashing out of the cup when poured. This shape also means that when you’ve almost finished your drink, the last bit of sake in the bottom of your cup will be shaped like a heart.
The shape of the Rakuzen sake cup is also perfect for those who have a visual impairment or a disability that affects hand function. The design of the cup was developed through feedback from a wide variety of users, including people with disabilities, the elderly, women, and children.
Understanding the perspective of those with disabilities is the best way to come up with a shape that can be easily used by anyone.
Rakuzen sake cups can also be used to help infants learn how to use cups. As the cups are designed to be both hard-wearing and timeless, the same cup can eventually be used as a sake cup when the child grows up.
Rakuzen sake cups aren’t just for sake – they can be used however you want! The size and shape of the cups make them perfect for serving finger food, dipping sauces, or sweets at parties or when you are entertaining guests.
The Rakuzen sake cup is a large lacquer sake cup that shows off the superb technique of Aizu lacquerware craft. Lacquer-coated cups will give a smooth taste to the sake served in them, enhancing the flavor of the drink.