Completed with techniques, materials, and sake, the moment you pour it, the universe expands.
Would you like to impress your guests with a drink that not only tastes heavenly, but looks it too? These beautiful sake cups, individually handmade by Japanese artist Hiromi Sato, turn into tiny galaxies when filled with a clear liquid, and they have proven to be so popular that they sold out immediately.
Each stainless steel tumbler is unique, and are made by painting and repainting with lacquer, before being finished with gold dust. It is the gold that gives the shimmering, star-like quality to the cups, which are known as “Chuu COCORO,” or “Space Heart.”
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The cups are sold online at Sansaku, which describes the product as “a work that has been painted with the unique texture of stainless steel processing technology and oxidation coloration in Sakai City, Niigata Prefecture by Hiromi Sato, a traditional craftsman in Niigata and Shirane Butsudan.”
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The cups don’t come cheap, as can be expected from such handcrafted works. When available, they sell at 10,800 yen (US$99.91) apiece.
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Niigata Prefecture is home to more than 90 sake breweries and is famous for producing some of the country’s best quality sake. They take this traditional brew very seriously up there!
Hiromi herself has been surprised by the popularity of her work, and she assures customers that she is working on making more tumblers. Keep an eye on the shop to see when they become available again if you’d like to get your hands on one of these amazing and unique pieces of art!
“There is such a huge reaction and I am surprised,” Hiromi wrote on her blog. “However, there are no more cups available right now. We apologize for any inconvenience, please wait for a while. Thank you in advance.”
What do you think? Have you ever tried sake? Would you like to drink it from one of these creative and slightly trippy tumblers? Let us know your opinions in the comments below!
Here’s what people had to say about the cosmically cool cups: