This saké cup was made from raw hinoki by Mr. Sakanaka. Based in Yoshino, a town in the Nara Prefecture that is famous for their cypress trees, each one is carved by hand in Mr. Sakanaka's workshop. The untreated wood of the saké cup give the rice wine an almost woody/oak taste.
Last year when we went to Nara, Japan we met Mr. Sakanaka. He lives in Yoshino and carves all his pieces by hand using hinoki timber. When we met, Mr. Sakanaka had never sold his work to anyone overseas, so it was an absolute pleasure to be the first. His lovely daughter now helps translate our emails so we can communicate about new pieces and ordering.