Custom masu cups are special because by ordering them from our webshop, you will have a unique design masu cup in your hand that is the only one if its kind in the whole world. In other words, they are completely order made upon your detailed request. They are perfect for drinking sake on a wide range of events, but these unique masu cups could serve as a memento or keepsake (not just for keeping the sake) as well. Moreover, these custom cups would be nice and original gifts as well. How about trying your artistic, design sense on a piece of masu cup?
On the left you can see our character masu cups, on the right the picture masu cups. Both are a good example for the endless variations of the special designs.
The sepia color of the branding and the pure surface of natural wood are in a complete harmony with each other.
What would you add to that harmony to create the best possible design?
Your custom design will be transformed into a branding iron such as displayed above, which will be pressed on each of your ordered masu cups.
When creating your design, please remember that it will need to stand its ground on an iron plate as this one, so please take special care for
the following points:
# Your design should be in white and black, where the black parts will be branded on the custom masu
# Your design shouldn't contain too slim lines neither in the black nor in the white part, since these may not be possible to brand clearly (too slim white lines may not even appear on the wood since branding might be just a little wider than planned) (too slim black lines may get deformed when the heated iron is pressed against the wood)
# There's a maximum size what could be branded on the masu cups for each masu cup size
A simple, nice paper box for protecting the masu cups from scratches.
It's also very useful if you would like to use the masu cups as a gift to someone.
Order a transparent, stringed plastic bag for each of your freshly purchased masu cups.
These bags are perfect for people who would like to take their masu cups home they have used them.
The lumber that’s used for manufacturing masu cups undergoes a process of natural drying either indoors for a maximum of 4 months or outdoors for maximum of 1 month depending on both the quality, condition of the hinoki wood and the weather of the actual season as well. The goal of the drying the hinoki is to decrease the moisture content of the wood to a level that is appropriate for the manufacturing process. The gist of the process is to create a stack of the lumber on raised foundations and dry it gradually with a continuous flow of air. The loss of moisture inevitably causes the shrinkage of the hinoki wood, so it needs to be controlled with care as too rapid drying may lead to damaging the wood. If the lumber is considered dried, then it’s ready for manufacturing.
In this step, the lumber is cut into pieces of uniform size and shape by a machine that also shaves both sides of the lumber thoroughly. Each and every piece is checked for any faults like wood knots, deformations etc. and these faulty pieces are removed before sending them to the next manufacturing phase. Hinoki (Japanese Cypress) is a relatively expensive wood. Throughout the whole cutting process craftsman aim to leave as low waste as possible since they would like to offer their products on a low price and they would like to be ecologically conscious too.
After cutting the parts of the masu cups into the right sizes and shaving them nicely, the joinery work starts, finger tenons are cut into all of them for joining together all four sides of the masu cups. The cutting edge of the tenon cutter machine is polished every day for keeping it as sharp as possible, since this helps to make the quality of the masu cups especially good.
The tenons of the sides of the masu cups are first glued with an adhesive that’s harmless to the human body after dried, and then these side pieces are placed into the frame assembly machine that presses all 4 sides together. Next the frame is checked again visually for any kinds of faults like the assembled frame being too frail, wood knots etc. and these defected pieces are removed from the production. Checking is a vital part of every production step. Concerning the safety of the adhesive used in the production, we have 2 safety certifications: one is issued by JFRL “Japan Food Research Laboratories” http://www.jfrl.or.jp/e/ and the other one is issued by JCII “Japan Chemical Innovation and Inspection Institute” http://www.jcii.or.jp/en/ both documents are in Japanese. Please contact us if you would like to acquire the English versions of any of these documents.
All the surfaces of the assembled frames are leveled using a so-called “planer disk”, the machine displayed above.
In this step, Japanese craftsmen don’t need to take a look at the masu frames; they know exactly when the surfaces of the frames are perfect by the slight change in the sound of the planing. After the frames are planed, the bottom of the cups is glued to the frames to make the masu cups complete. Besides paying attention for the surfaces, the craftsmen take care to produce masu cups of uniform size. Moreover, after this process every masu cup is checked again for defects like cracks etc. and defected products are removed from the process.
In this step the masu cups are briefly put into water so that the joints get a little swollen which makes the gluing hold even better and it gives the masu cups a little gloss as well. Then all four sides of the masu cups are planed once again equally to make them completely smooth using an even finer "planer disk".
The goal of this process is to make the touch of the masu cups even better so anyone who uses these cups can feel good when taking them in hand. 10 pieces of masu cups are processed at once in this step; it’s yet again a good example for the expertise of the craftsmen manufacturing them. Since this is the final manufacturing process, the masu cups undergo a final, very throughout check before they are declared completely finished.
The finished wooden masu cups are stored in a cool dry place until they are shipped.
Right before shipping, every 5 piece of masu cups is wrapped in thin brown kraft wrapping paper and they are placed in a cardboard box. For worldwide shipments the cardboard box is then placed into an even bigger cardboard box with some cushioning materials to protect the masu cups on their way to your country.
We sincerely hope that we can deliver the warmth of traditional Japanese wooden masu cups to as many customers around the globe as possible. They don’t come empty; they are filled to the rim with the spirit of all the people who deliver them to you. Please enjoy the unique experience of MASU!
The price of the custom masu cups depends on the following factors:
# The size of the masu cups (smaller ones are cheaper, bigger ones tend to be more expensive)
# The quantity of masu cups that you would like to order
(the bigger your ordered quantity is the more discount we can give you)
# Your custom design itself
# The number of sides you would like to get branded
# Options like plastic masu bags, or paper masu boxes
# Shipping costs (based on the shipping method you have chosen)
# Payment commission fee (of the bank transfer or PayPal transfer)
# For those customers who would like to get their custom designs branded on the masu cups
The very first thing you need to do is either to send us your custom design or to tell us your ideas on the design that you would like to get created and order a design from us. In case you already have your custom design and it is smaller than 5MB, then please send it directly to us as an e-mail attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For files larger than 5MB you could use the following free file transfer service:
# If you would like to get your custom design created by us, then well need you to send send us the following details:
# Your ideas, image what you would like on your design
# The purpose, effect or atmosphere that you would like to create with the design
# The occassion where you would like to use your custom designed masu cups
# The deadline that you have for creating your design and the deadline till you need to receive the custom made masu cups
# Your approximate budget that you have for creating the design
# Your hand drawn sketch showing what kind of design you expect to get with exact measurments, requirements etc. displayed if necessary
1. If possible, please try to send us your design file in either one of the following file formats:
(we will be able to process your design in other file formats as well, but using one of the above formats will be the cheapest)
2. Basically, we need to get a fully print ready vectored data file from you
(one that does not require any correction or modification)
3. We can of course create the necessary data file for you, in which case we will need you to pay an extra fee for the file creation
4. Concerning the format of the file, we can process files up to the CS5 verison of Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop
5. All the data (text and shapes) in your file has to be outlined (vectored)
6. The design should be completely black and white, where only the black parts will be branded on the masu (grey parts can't be branded!)
7. If you use a layout file then please send it to us with its original name in its original folders, subfolders
(otherwise your design will not be displayed properly)
The easiest way to do this is to compress your relevant design folder into one zip or other archive.
8. Please display the exact size in which you would like to get your design branded.
It should be within the brandable limits for the masu cup size that you have chosen.
9. Together with the design data, please send us the same data in a jpg file as well.
The easiest way to do this is to take a screenshot!
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The Masu selling company is shipping masu cups to customers both in Japan and worldwide. Recently we are getting more and more orders from not just individuals, but organizations, Japanese restaurants, international companies making a business opening ceremony Japanese style by opening a barrel of sake and drinking its contents from masu cups. An excellent way of drinking Japanese sake is to do it from a freshly made masu cup. That may be the reason why Japanese people cherish a rather intimate connection with these small wooden boxes from the old times. We would like to share the best parts of traditional Japanese culture with as much people around the globe as possible.
+ The glue or wood sap that has stack on the surface of the masu cups cannot be washed down with water
(both are completely harmless, so please don’t try to remove them by washing or soaking them in water)
+ Although it’s possible to disinfect the masu cups by filling them with hot water for some seconds, it’s not necessary since
Kiso hinoki has natural germicidal properties
+ If you would like to disinfect the masu cups, then do it by filling them with boiling water for some seconds right before use
+ Avoid exposing the masu cups to anything that would cause them to dry too rapidly like: direct sunlight, direct heat or any place of high temperature, fire
+ Never put the masu in a fridge, refridgerator, dishwasher, microwave oven or any oven or home appliances at all
+ Clean the masu cups with a barely wet or completely dry cloth if needed
+ If you would like to wash the masu cups, then do it with hot water in a very short time period, wipe them dry afterwards as soon as possible and let them dry completely in a well-ventilated, cool place
+ Please note that masu cups are originally meant to be used only one time, therefore due to the shrinkage or swelling of the wood by this one use, some leakage of the contents may occur on any forthcoming uses
+ Please be assured that the adhesive that is used for assembling the masu cups has no health risks if you use the cups in the way they are meant to be used
- Picture masu
Masu cups branded with one of our fixed designs.
You can get any of our fixed illustrations, designs branded your masu cups.
Designs branded on your masu can be done on all four sides on the masu cups.
Picture branded masu cups are available in various sizes: 5 shaku, Medium masu, 1 go
- Character masu
With this special masu you can select any of the most popular kanji characters from our fized designs and get them branded on your masu cups.
Choose from many popular characters like: Kotobuki = Congratulations, Iwai = Celebration, Fuku = Good Fortune, Kizuna = Bonds (between people) and from many popular phrases like Anzen Kigan = Prayer for Safety, Kaiten Iwai = Shop Opening Celebration, Shoubai Hanjou = Prosperous Business. These masu cups are very popular as personal or company gifts.
This is the most common, standard sized masu cup. From old times, masu cups of this size are used for drinking sake on celebrations in Japan.
Since the masu cups were used for measurement as well, its name comes from the traditional
Japanese unit of go, which is equal to the volume of approximately 0.1804L = 180.4ml.
For comparison please note that a usual glass cup in Japan has a volume of about 200ml.
Its inner volume is exactly the half of the one go masu,
which means that its inner volume is 0.09L = 90ml, rougly a mouthful of sake. Perfect for wedding ceremonies and parties of any kind.
- Large masu
The volume of a Large masu is roughly the same as a rice cooker. Its uses vary: measuring container, box for storing CDs and books or as a stylish wooden interior piece. A Large masu could also be very handy on any ceremony or celebration.
You could fill it with sake to the rim, pass it around and let everyone drink from it.
- Extra-large masu
One sho is a volume unit in Japan, equal to 10 go, which means that it's 1.804L = 1800ml. It's roughly the same volume as a 2L PET bottle. In Japan sake is still sold in 1.8L bottles called one sho bottle (isshoubin) in Japanese.