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Masu

Japanese term for a square cup made of the wood of the Japanese cypress Hinoki or the sickle fir Sugi, which is used, among other things, as a drinking vessel for sake. It was originally used as a measuring cup for rice with a capacity of ichigô = 1 gô = 0.18039 litres. The traditional vessel is drunk from one of the corners. The traditional version is made of wood, also called Kimasu (ki = wood). There are also modern versions, painted black and/or red, which are also made of plastic. Other traditional drinking vessels are called ochoko (cup) and sakazuki (drinking bowl). For serving or pouring different vessels like Chirori, Katakuchi or Tokkuri are used, see also under wine vessels.

Trinkschalen (Sakazuki), Masu (Holzwürfel) und Becher (Ochoko)

Text: OSR Dipl.-Päd. Wolfgang Mucher
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