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I love masu (wooden sake cups) because they’re useful and they’re great decorations.
Masu have been around for hundreds of years in Japan and were originally used to measure rice when it was a currency in Japan. One masu was the equivalent to the amount of rice one man could eat in a day and salaries were paid based on this amount.
Nowadays when you order a cup of sake at a nomiya (bar), your cup will be filled until it overflows as a symbol of good luck.
We bought our masu from the Nagoya Takashimaya department store in JR Towers. We also found masu at Sake Shop Fukumitsuya in the basement of Tokyo Midtown and bought a few for friends. At Fukumitsuya you can sample sake flights and purchase sake from the Fukumitsuya Sake brewery in Kanazawa.
Blaine has sampled tons of different sake and he’s adamant that we call it nihonshu, which literally means Japanese alcohol, while sake is just the general Japanese term for all alcohol.
For more about sake, read Blaine’s Intro to Sake post.
Location // Sake Shop Fukumitsuya Tokyo Midtown Galleria B1F 9-7-4 D-B123 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
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