GATO MIKIO / TOHKA 猪口 Sake Cup / SOUEN 爽円
Timber: ミズメ Betula grossa (Japanese Cherry Birch)
Clear Polyurethane finish.
Hand turned in Yamanaka, Designed by Masaharu Asano 浅野雅晴
Comes in box.
The beautiful wood grain and unique shape of TOHKA's Choko sake cups are created by delicate wood turning techniques. These cups are turned remarkably thin and the wood grain comes out clearly on the surface. We likened this situation to flower petals and named this series TOHKA, meaning transparent flower.
GATO MIKIO was originally founded in 1908 (Meiji 41), as Gato Sawmill in Yamanaka Hot Spring, a town famed for wood turning. Following the intentions and spirit of the original Kijishi wood-turners, we aspire to perfect the woodwork that is completed individually by our craftsmen. We make the most of the beautiful grain that only natural wood can have, and we strive to highlight it in our products. This means that we never compromise on the quality of our work and we are proud of the quality of our materials, the precision of our wooden base work, and the clear look of our finishes. Only after each element has been completed perfectly, do we assemble them together to create our unique handcrafts. We continue to create authentic and long-lasting pieces, pursuing functionality with traditional skills, and artistry based on Japanese aesthetic senses.