Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji. - Okame Gallery
Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji. - Okame Gallery
Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji. - Okame Gallery
Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji. - Okame Gallery
Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji. - Okame Gallery
Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji. - Okame Gallery
Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji. - Okame Gallery
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Antique Japanese Sake bottle Tokkuri craft jug with Kanji.

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Beautiful Japanese stoneware sake bottles circa first half of 20th century. This Japanese ceramic sake bottle with hand-painted characters would make a handsome addition to your pottery collection or interior decor.

Very charming with a strong sense of Mingei (folk art) quality. As the predecessor to modern-day growlers, the purpose of these bottles were just as straightforward. They were made for Sake, or 'rice wine': filled, sealed, carried, stored, and reused as necessary in a residential setting in Japan. Heavily potted, these bottled were covered in white glaze and brushed on with black Kanji characters to show the brand names of sake or the wine houses.

This one is likely made by Yukitsubaki Shuzo Co.,Ltd. It was established in 1806, to start producing sake under the name of Maruwaka Shuzo in Kamo Town (present: Kamo City). Commemorating the designation of “Yuki Tsubaki” as the prefectural tree, the brewery changed its name to “Yuki Tsubaki” in 1967. This bottle has the Maruwaka name on it. In 1987, the brewery joined the Sekaitaka Koyamaya Group, and in 2011, it became a brewery specialized in making junmai-shu only.

Traditionally, heated sake is often warmed by placing the sake-filled tokkuri in a pan of hot water, and thus the narrowed neck would prevent the heat from escaping.

This sake bottle (Tokkuri) is a wonderful example of a fine antique Japanese hand-painted ceramic sake bottle. The Japanese believe that drinking Sake is one of the finer pleasures in life, and in order to enjoy it to the fullest the Sake bottle you pour from and the Sake cup you pour into should be as beautiful or as interesting as possible. Handmade, hand-painted Sake bottles and cups are made all over Japan, in a tremendous variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

These bottles are called "Bimbo Tokkuri", literally translated as “poor man’s bottles”. Sake used to be sold by weight and people who could not afford whole barrels brought in their own bimbo tokkuri with their name or address written on it, to sake shops, to buy as much sake as they needed. Less common, but older still, is the almost saucer-like sakazuki attached to this bottle.

It's rare nowadays to find the cups still attached to the bottle.

Dimensions: 15 cm (5.9") x 5 cm (2.5") on the base.

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I'm happy to answer any questions. I will send it well packed with a tracking number (DHL Express shipping). 

🎁 All items are wrapped with a beautiful Japanese fabric at no extra cost.