Posted 2 years ago
The tokkuri (decanter) is 5.5" high x 4" diameter and the ochoko (cups) are about 1.5" high x 2.25" diameter. The stamps on the tomobako, tokkuri and on the ochoko are hard to read but I eventually concluded that they reveal that this set was made by Watanbe Jyozan of the Jozan studio in the Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan. The pottery stamps are not super clear, so the maker may be another member of this family.
This set is Hagi Ware, but it was inexpensive, much cheaper than buying a new set. It has never been used, however, probably bought as a souvenir on a trip to Japan or in a duty free shop. The set is a bit "rustic" and lacks any decoration, which I like and are also traits of Hagi Ware. It looks at though the person who did the glazing was having a bad day, also sometimes seen on Hagi Ware, but I wanted the wooden box, even though it needs a bit of re-gluing.
I originally bought these to use, not for my collection, but after figuring out what they are, I am now on the fence so bought another cheap set to use. One by one my cats have broken my ochoko and are eyeing the remaining tokkuri that I keep out, so I had planned to use these but to store them in the box when not in use. My current set, I left out as a decoration. Luckily it was just a cheapo Kafuh set purchased at World Market a dozen years, or so, ago. It took my boys and girls that long to break all four cups. I like using a tokkuri and ochoko as it slows down the process of consuming sake and makes me conscious of how much I am drinking. Pretty sure I have a nice porcelain sake set somewhere, but can't find it. Drinking sake has some health benefits.
Sake is good for you!
About sake sets:
About Hagi Ware:
Japanese Pottery marks blog site, including this page which has Hagi ware and enabled me to tentatively conclude that the maker of this set is Watanabe Jyozan of Jozan-gama (gama = studio):