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A tie-up series with minne, one of Japan’s largest handmade markets. In September 2015, we collected new, unconventional ideas from minne artists who refuse to be swayed by tradition or trend in a competition entitled “minne meets Baba Shoten: SOBACHOCO Encyclopedia.” See what happens when minne artists join Baba Shoten to put a new spin on an old craft!

minne
Japan’s largest consumer-to-consumer handicraft market that allows individuals to easily post, buy, and sell handmade items right from their phone or PC.

Saori Kanoe
Foxes frolic through fields in a distinctly Japanese color palette that complements the soba choco. The foxes appear to be drawn at random but have been carefully positioned to give the cup a rhythmic quality from any direction. Her design can brighten up any desk.
https://minne.com/peca-saori

ichino fukui
A personal interpretation of nobility that adds a hint of the West to the modern Japanese soba choco. The artist’s touch of the pencil gives each cup a sense of warmth.
https://minne.com/fukuishoten

nanika
Designed to make you feel warm and fuzzy, whether you’re alone or with someone special. The cups depict auspicious animals on a stroll, meant to express fortuitous events to befall their owner.
https://minne.com/nanika-shop

Yamasaki Chiyo
A representation of the transformation of small particles into crystals.
https://minne.com/torico-mt

Miwa Masayo
Every shape and every quirk produced individually.
https://minne.com/muckmuck


Color

Frolicking Foxes (“kitsunekakeru”)

Noble Cup

Walk

Crystals

This & That

Price¥ 2,000
Size

φ8×H6.1cm / 170cc

Material

Porcelain

Maker

Kyowa Tensha

Nishiyama

Area

Hasami



Additional Information

Do not put overglaze products in the dishwasher. Microwave 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.