Art: Lacquered Cup


Square Lacquered Cup

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  • Description: Masu are square cups used to drink sake (alcoholic beverage made out of fermented rice), but are also used to measure volume (typically 180 ml), and were often used to measure portions of rice.  Originally made out of wood, they are now commonly made out of lacquered wood or plastic, as it is said that the nature of the wood interferes with the taste of the sake.  Traditionally, the masu is filled to the very top as a sign of generosity.
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