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A set of red and white soba-choco cups that would enliven any special occasion. With lucky designs drawn in gold, they are also perfect as parting gifts for guests at weddings and other celebrations.

A Couple of Lovebirds
This pair of cups show golden lovebirds huddled inside in a play on the traditional Japanese oshidori (mallard duck) motif. They are best suited as presents for weddings and anniversaries as a symbol of a happy home.

Okame
This characters is also called “otafuku,” which means “much good fortune” or “chubby cheeks,” depending on the characters used to write it. She is the harbinger of good fortune, a talisman of mirth, fertility, and happy marriage.

Hyottoko
His humorous expression invites both luck and laughter and is said to improve one’s fortune.

Sea Bream
Sea bream has been believed to be the most auspicious of fish since ancient times due in part to its Japanese name—tai—which is part of the word “medetai,” which calls for celebration of a joyous event. Sea bream still adorns the table today at most celebrations. Real gold used in copperplate transfer portions.


Color

A Couple of Lovebirds (Red)

A Couple of Lovebirds (White)

Okame (Red)

Hyottoko (White)

Sea Bream (Red)

Sea Bream (White)

Price¥ 1,300
Size

φ8×H6.1cm / 170cc

Material

Porcelain

Maker

Fukusaki Uwaegama

Nishiyama

Area

Hasami



Additional Information

Not microwave or dishwasher safe.


The soba choco, whose trapezoidal shape has gone unchanged in the 400 years since its invention, traces its origins to Hizen (present-day Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures), which is home to the port of Imari, from which Imari porcelain spread throughout Japan.
Contrary to its name, the soba choco was never intended for soba. It was originally used as a small bowl to hold side dishes such as sashimi, salads, and shiokara preserve at celebrations and kaiseki meals. It wasn’t until the Edo period that soba become popular among the general public. People would often use their soba choco to indulge in a quick aperitif called sobamae before filling it with dipping sauce for soba, a tradition that soon caught on across Japan. Huge numbers of designs were created, reflecting the trends and culture of the eras in which they were made.
Baba Shoten fires its ceramics in the town of Hasami, Nagasaki, a cradle of porcelain manufacturing in Japan. We deliver a wide variety of soba choco that utilize a rich history of techniques unique to the Hasami area. Culture and craftsmanship in every cup.