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Souvenir Sake Barrel
Souvenir Sake Barrel

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From Yamaguchi Province
Our Price: $90.00
Material: wood, paper
Length (inches): Souvenir
Condition: Excellent Vintage

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Product Code: 1120MISC1

This is a "gift cask", representing the ceremonial kegs of sake that are opened on special occasions. You'll also see these sake barrels lined up by the hundreds at the entrances to shrines in Japan - they represent donations by patrons and supporters. Like those at the shrines, this cask is empty.

This particular cask is from a sake distillery called Sakaishuzo in Yamaguchi prefecture. It is 15" tall, 15" across, and 52" around. It weighs just under eleven pounds. The outer covering is a tatami mat, with a white paint applied to create the label and many kanji and stamps that detail the quality of the sake.

Thick braiding is wrapped securely around the cask and are sturdy enough to carry it by. We assume the inner cask is wooden but cannot confirm that.

We do know that these have been considered appropriate souvenirs for visiting officials and VIPs to Japan for many decades. The real barrels - filled with excellent sake, are opened with mallets at celebrations - see video below for an example.

A fine decor item!
Prince William opens a sake barrel

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