Craftmanship
The origins of kagami biraki

sake barrel used in a kagami biraki ceremony
Sake barrel used in a kagami biraki ceremony.
kagami biraki ceremony
The lid and the round surface of the sake
underneath is said to resemble the moon.
That's where the name of kagami biraki
(opening the mirror) comes from.
kizuchi and hishaku
The barrel is broken open by a kizuchi(hammer)
and sake is poured into masu cups by a
hishaku(ladle).
hinoki wood scent
Sake drank from a masu cup has a unique,
luxurious taste. Masu cups will undoubtedly
make your celebration special!

Kagami biraki is a 300 years old traditional Japanese ceremony, which literally means "Opening the mirror". The ceremony involves either the opening of a taru(barrel) of sake or the breaking of a pair of large round kagami mochi. Both the lid of the sake barrel and the kagami mochi is broken with a wooden mallett called "kizuchi" in Japanese. Finally in the case of the sake barrel opening, the sake is filled into masu cups using a wooden ladle called "hishaku". Originally kagami biraki was a New Year's ceremony held on the 11st of January, since in Japan odd numbers are said to bring good fortune and luck. The ceremony of opening a sake barrel originates from the 4th Tokugawa Shogun, who has ordered to open a barrel of sake before an important battle to bring good luck to the army. The battle afterwards was successful, so this ceremony became a very popular custom. Nowadays kagami biraki is so popular in Japan that it's held on various events: weddings, business openings, construction completion ceremonies, sport events(especially karate, kendo, judo, aikido and other martial arts) and other noteworthy, significant events.

Hold your own kagami biraki and we will help you get all the necessary items directly from Japan!


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Unit prices
Standard masu Product name Outside
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1 pc
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30 pcs
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50 pcs
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100 pcs
(USD)
Standard masu 85×85×60 60×60×45 4.25 3.85 3.75 3.65
Mini masu Product name Outside
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1 pc
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30 pcs
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50 pcs
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100 pcs
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Mini masu 50×50×37 34×34×29 3.75 3.35 3.25 3.15
Small masu Product name Outside
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1 pc
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30 pcs
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50 pcs
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100 pcs
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Small masu 68×68×45 53×53×38 3.95 3.55 3.45 3.35
Medium masu Product name Outside
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1 pc
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30 pcs
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50 pcs
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100 pcs
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Medium masu 85×85×47 60×60×37 4.15 3.75 3.65 3.55
Large Masu Product name Outside
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(mm)
1 pc
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30 pcs
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50 pcs
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100 pcs
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Large masu 143×143×75 119×119×64 16.75 11.75 11.25 10.75
Extra-large masu Product name Outside
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(mm)
1 pc
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30 pcs
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50 pcs
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100 pcs
(USD)
Extra-large masu 175×175×92 150×150×79 22.25 16.25 15.50 14.75

All the above prices are unit prices available above a given order quantity (1,30,50,100pcs)

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Picture masu Product name Remarks
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Custom masu Product name Remarks
Custom masu The cost of making a custom branding iron
hishaku Product name Unit price
Hishaku 15.00 USD
We are shipping masu cups to customers both in Japan and worldwide!

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 cups 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.


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