Sake Cup - Oriental Zodiac Material Tin 100% This item is made using traditional casting techniques handed down for over 400 years in Takaoka city, Toyama prefecture, Japan. All products are handmade, handcast and handfinished with exceptional care which brings out unique variations in each piece. The underside of each item depicts a zodiac animal. Cooling the cup in the refrigerator for 1-2 minutes will enable you to enjoy cold sake more. Maintenance -Wash with a mild detergent using a soft sponge after use. Wipe off with a dry soft cloth after washing. -Polish with pasty baking soda to bring back the luster. Notice -Keep away from fire or heat as the melting point is low. -Never polish with a metal cleaner or metallic sponge. -Do not use a microwave or dishwasher. -Do not leave the item wet to prevent deterioration or discoloring of the item. -Do not keep something sour on/in the item for several hours to prevent discoloring of tin. Wash well after use. -As tin has a high thermal conductivity, the item itself will be hot when something hot is placed. Be careful not to burn yourself. -Do not store the item in the refrigerator more than 30 minutes or in the freezer to prevent deterioration or breakage of the item. -Excessive bending may lead to cracks or breakage of the item. Once bent, the item cannot revert to the original shape. -Crackling sound will occur when the item is bent. It is unique to tin and called“tin cry”. Notice for Gold Leaf / Colored Item - Never polish the colored area with a metal cleaner or baking soda. - Do not change the shape or soak the item for several hours to prevent the gold leaf or color from flaking off. NOUSAKU In 1916, Nousaku was founded, manufacturing Buddhist ritual objects, Japanese tea sets, and flower vases in Takaoka, Japan. In addition to such traditional objects, we started developing interior objects, tableware, artwork and medical instruments in the late 1990s to convey the enchantment of castings. Every Nousaku product is handcrafted with care. We pursue the perfect harmony of inherited tradition and modern design.