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

Born East of the Wall and South of Berlin, I am celebrating my 15th year anniversary in Japan in May 2020, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the beautiful Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home.I have been a JapanTravel Partner since the conception of the platform in 2011! In Tokyo I worked in market research at AIP Corporation and in business education at JMEC. For the last 10 years I have been a guide for foreign visitors at Venture Japan, on top of being a Freelance Writer and a Business Researcher.  Apart from work, I trained at the Yoshinkan Aikido Dojo and at the Oedo Sukeroku Taiko Dojo for several years each, and I ran the 1st Tokyo Marathon and enjoyed cycling around Tokyo. During the last 10 years I am working with local authorities to improve their hospitality to foreign visitors and I have participated in many monitors as a media representative.  My current 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 a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails  and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and licensed guide for Forest Therapy (Shinrin Therapy).  As a guide for walking tours, I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail and the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage trail.  Being grounded during this COVID-19 crisis, I enjoy gardening, baking bread in my new Japanese bread-maker and going for walks around 'my' village.  Take care, keep well, stay safe!