Playing Animals (Choju Giga) Sake Set

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This is a sake set with Choju-giga(鳥獣戯画, translated into “Animal Caricatures”) as a motif, Choju-giga is a famous set of four picture scrolls, (emakimono), belonging to Kozanji temple in Kyoto city, Japan. The Chōjū-giga scrolls are also referred to as Scrolls of Frolicking Animals in English.  It seems clear from the style that more than one artist is involved to have created those scrolls.  The right-to-left reading direction of Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is traditional in East Asia, and is still common in Japan. Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is also credited as the oldest work of manga. The scrolls are now displayed in the Kyoto National Museum and Tokyo National Museum.

The scrolls are the earliest in a linear monochrome drawing style that was to continue in use in Japanese painting (as they are all done with the usual writing and painting brush, they count as painting).

At the beginning, the first scroll illustrates anthotopomorphic rabbits and monkeys bathing and getting ready for a ceremony, a monkey thief runs from animals with sticks and knocks over a frog from the lively ceremony. Further on, the rabbits and monkeys are playing and wrestling while another group of animals participate in a funeral and frog prays to Buddha as the scroll closes.

The scrolls were also adapted into several novels published by Geijutsuhiroba, the first book simply compiled the scrolls into one publication, now out of print. One of the books participated as part of the company’s Fine Arts Log series as well as some were exclusive to certain exhibitions. 

Drawings of rabbit, monkey, frog and Mt. Fuji, can be enjoyed from different angles.  There are two variations of flasks, round and tall, as well as two variations for sake cups, flat hirahai and tall ochoko. 

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This is a sake set with Choju-giga(鳥獣戯画, translated into “Animal Caricatures”) as a motif, Choju-giga is a famous set of four picture scrolls, (emakimono), belonging to Kozanji temple in Kyoto city, Japan. The Chōjū-giga scrolls are also referred to as Scrolls of Frolicking Animals in English.  It seems clear from the style that more than one artist is involved to have created those scrolls.  The right-to-left reading direction of Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is traditional in East Asia, and is still common in Japan. Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is also credited as the oldest work of manga. The scrolls are now displayed in the Kyoto National Museum and Tokyo National Museum.

The scrolls are the earliest in a linear monochrome drawing style that was to continue in use in Japanese painting (as they are all done with the usual writing and painting brush, they count as painting).

At the beginning, the first scroll illustrates anthotopomorphic rabbits and monkeys bathing and getting ready for a ceremony, a monkey thief runs from animals with sticks and knocks over a frog from the lively ceremony. Further on, the rabbits and monkeys are playing and wrestling while another group of animals participate in a funeral and frog prays to Buddha as the scroll closes.

The scrolls were also adapted into several novels published by Geijutsuhiroba, the first book simply compiled the scrolls into one publication, now out of print. One of the books participated as part of the company’s Fine Arts Log series as well as some were exclusive to certain exhibitions. 

Drawings of rabbit, monkey, frog and Mt. Fuji, can be enjoyed from different angles.  There are two variations of flasks, round and tall, as well as two variations for sake cups, flat hirahai and tall ochoko. 

The purchased products will be delivered to you within 2-10 working days (Royal Mail Signed for 1st class delivery) if the products are immediately available, and it may take up to 30 days or more if the products are made to order or out of stock.

You will receive email confirmation on your estimated delivery date from us if the products are made to order or out of stock. There are occasionally extended delays on the delivery, in which case, we will notify you as soon as possible.

Those are all handmade products and there will be some miner variation in colors and shapes from one to another. It is a part of charm and I hope you anticipate it to acceptable extent. In case of any breakage or damage on the product as a result of delivery, please kindly notify us immediately by email with the photo of broken/damaged product attached. We will replace them with a new product if the breakage and damage have been caused by our delivery.

The products could be returned within 14days from the purchase in the exactly same condition as original and, in that case, the full price of the product will be refunded. The initial and returning delivery fees of returned products are payable by the customer and House of Sake cannot bare the cost of the initial and returning deliveries.

Refunds will be made immediately once the returning products are received by House of Sake in appropriate condition.

VOLUME : Round Flask: 240ml Tall Flask: 160ml Hirahai: 40ml Choko: 40ml

DIMENSIONS : Round Flask: D7cm H11cm Tall Flask: D5.5cm H12.5cm Hirahai: D7.5cm H3cm Choko: D5cm H3.5cm

  • Please avoid rough handling of the product as it may cause a crack.
  • Please do not pour very hot liquid i.e boiling water as it may cause a crack on the product.
  • Please simmer the product for about 30 minutes from cold water, or soak the product in cold water for 2-3 hours in prior to its first use.
  • Please pad dry the product after the treatment above then air-dry them.
  • It is best to avoid the dish washer.
  • Gently wash them with light soapy water soon after use.
  • Please avoid direct flame.