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The popularity of porcelain soba-choco cups soared during the Edo period, giving rise to many different designs. We have chosen five of the most popular and reproduced them in chic silver on grayish clay.

Tako Karakusa (Octopus Vine)
The karakusa pattern shows branching vines that curl outward across the porcelain surface. The unbroken, growing vine signifies prosperity and longevity.

Chrysanthemum Petals
The chrysanthemum is the most popular flower pattern used, long said to be the ageless flower of life.

Cracked Ice
Made in the fashion of kanyu crackled glazes, this pattern is often called hyoretsu, or cracked ice, for the jagged lines that resemble cracks in the ice. The hyoretsu pattern is said to have come from China during the Southern Song dynasty.

Chrysanthemum
The chrysanthemum is the most popular flower pattern used, long said to be the ageless flower of life.

Bamboo Weave
The bamboo weave pattern is just that: a design based on baskets woven from bamboo. This pattern is said to be an effective talisman that wards off evil. Do not put overglaze products in the dishwasher.


Color

Tako Karakusa (Octopus Vine)

Chrysanthemum Petals

Cracked Ice

Chrysanthemum

Bamboo Weave

Price¥ 1,800
Size

φ8×H6.1cm / 170cc

Material

Pottery

Maker

Fukusaki Uwaegama

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.