Picture masu

Let us introduce the picture masu cups that could be branded by various fixed designs to create a nice atmosphere. These masu cups are cheaper than the custom designed masu cups, because there's no need to create a branding iron for your pictures, the branding irons with all the fixed images are already available. These cups are highly recommended for events where you would like to serve a special drink in a special cup to your guests. You don't need to worry even if you would like to create your very own picture masu cups, please contact us and tell us the details!

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The above image is an example for our picture masu cups. This masu has a volume of Small masu, it's small masu branded with the simple design of a snake accompanied with the Japanese kanji character of the snake on the right. The brown sepia color of the branding matches the color of the hinoki wood which the masu cups are made of resulting a completely natural result, which looks better than any color printing.


  • Masu Box

    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.

  • Plastic bag for Masu

    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.

Manufacturing process

Air drying indoors in a warehouse

Air drying

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.

Measuring the with of the hinoki lumber Rougly same sized lumber waiting for cutting

Cutting being done by a cutting machine Uniformly cut hinoki pieces are neatly piled on each other to prepare them for the joint cutting

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.

Joints are cut into the pieces using a machine Side pieces of the masu cups with finger tenons cut into them, ready for joinery

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 frame of the masu cups is assembled using this peculiar machine The assembled masu frames are transported to a storage area

Frame assembly
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” and the other one is issued by JCII “Japan Chemical Innovation and Inspection Institute” both documents are in Japanese. Please contact us if you would like to acquire the English versions of any of these documents.

The masu cups are planed after their bottom has also been attached to make their surface smooth Plaing is done by a giant disc rotating at high speed

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.

Putting the masu cups in water makes the joints hold even stronger, then they need to be planed again All four sides of the cups has to be planed equally to make the masu nicely square

Finishing touches
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".

Edge shaping of the masu cups is necessary to make their touch even better 10 pieces of masu cups get all 4 side edges cut off in this step

Edge shaping
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.

Large quantities of masu cups are stored in the warehouse The masu cups are placed on pallets for storage

The finished wooden masu cups are stored in a cool dry place until they are shipped.

Ready for shipping masu cups in cardboard boxes Shipping area where the packages are waiting for delivery Every 5 pieces of masu cups are wrapped in a brown kraft sheet before they are packed in cardboard boxes Masu cups before and after having been wrapped in kraft paper

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!

price 価格

The price of the picture 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)
# 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)
# Print on Masu costs US$150 for each design. No matter amount of Masu and your design. Picture and Character masu print also cost US$150.
・Color print requires quotation everytime so that it adopts defferent price system

You can get any sides of the masu cups branded
The places where you can get your chosen fix picture branded

You can get only one side branded as well as all the four sides or anything in between, whichever you want!

How to order

How to send us an order via e-mailHow to send us an order via e-mail

When sending us a quotation request on the picture masu cups, please display the following data:
# Size of the picture masu cups that you would like to purchase
# Quantity of picture masu cups that you would like to order
# Number of the picture(s), which you would like to get the masu cups branded
# Instructions on which picture you would like to get branded on which side
(for example: front: Snake1 right: plain back: plain left:plain)

You can request a quotation through the following methods: # Filling our quotation request webform
# Sending us an e-mail with the title "[Masu selling company] Quotation request" to:
# Calling us on: +81 3 5834 8892 (international call to Japan)

These fixed pictures are available for the following masu cup sizes: Small masu, Medium masu,
Standard masu

  • 1.Snake A1. Snake A

  • 2.Snake B2. Snake B
  • 3.Snake C3. Snake C
  • 4.Snake D4. Snake D
  • 5.Dragon A5. Dragon A
  • 6.Dragon B6. Dragon B

  • 7.Rabbit A7. Rabbit A
  • 8.Rabbit B8. Rabbit B
  • 9.Tiger9. Tiger
  • 10.The god of wealth10. The god
    of wealth
  • 11.Ebisu, the god of fishing and commerce11. Ebisu, the
    god of fishing
    and commerce
  • 12.Crane and turtle12. Crane and
  • 13.Sea beam, Tai13. Sea beam,
  • 14.Good fortune daruma14. Good
    fortune daruma
  • 15.Manekineko15. Manekineko
  • 16.Bamboo16. Bamboo
  • 17.Sakura A17. Sakura A
  • 18.Sakura B18. Sakura B
  • 19.Momiji19. Momiji
  • 20.Moon viewing20. Moon viewing

These fixed pitures are available for Standard masu size masu cups only:

  • 1.Pigeon1.Pigeon
  • 2.Whirlpool2.Whirlpool
  • 3.Congratulations dragon3.Congratulations
  • 4.Dragon head4.Dragon head

Standard masu

Standard masu

Inner Volume178ml


From 1 pc
USD 4.25/pc
From 30 pcs
USD 3.85/pc
From 50 pcs
USD 3.75/pc
From 100 pcs
USD 3.65/pc

Small masu

Small masu

Inner Volume91ml


From 1 pc
USD 3.95/pc
From 30 pcs
USD 3.55/pc
From 50 pcs
USD 3.45/pc
From 100 pcs
USD 3.35/pc

Medium masu

Medium masu

Inner Volume142.9ml


From 1 pc
USD 4.15/pc
From 30 pcs
USD 3.75/pc
From 50 pcs
USD 3.65/pc
From 100 pcs
USD 3.55/pc

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 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.

caution 注意事項

+ 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

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