Making Your Own Sake Cup

Takaoka metal casting experience

By Alena Eckelmann    - 2 min read

You like sake and you enjoy sampling the regional flavours of this Japanese brew, but do you own your sake cup?

At the Takaoka Regional Industrial Promotion Centre you can cast your own sake cup! You need to make a reservation for this workshop in advance by calling the Centre.

In two hours, and for yen 3,000 per person, you will produce an original, metal cast sake cup under the guidance of a teacher who will take you through the process step-by-step. If you are not into drinking sake, then how about making a metal cast coffee cup. This should be great for ice coffee on a hot summer day.

This is an enjoyable hands-on experience which will give you a great insight into metal casting.

Your teacher will have prepared a molt, which is filled with sand around a form that will become your sake cup or your coffee cup. The furnace operates at 280 degrees to melt the metal to be used for making your cup. The hot metal is poured into the form. The form is cooled down and finally taken off. There you have your raw cup. It needs to be polished with sandpaper and sponges to make the surface smooth.

Ready to be used at a local Izakaya! Attendants of this workshop receive a coupon for a free drink of sake at a local Izakaya in Takaoka. This is how you "test drink" your cup!

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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Celebrating my 10th year anniversary in Japan in May 2018, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home. I have visited all 47 prefectures of Japan and for the last 4 years I have worked as a guide for foreign visitors. My special interest is in Japanese nature and spirituality. I love spending time in the forest and mountains and I love visiting temples and shrines. I am also a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and guide for Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy).   In recent years I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail, the 88 temple pilgrimage trail around Shikoku Island and to Dewa Sanzan, the three sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture. If you look for nature and spirituality in your trip to Japan, then Wakayama, Nara and Yamagata Prefectures are ideal places to get started!