Love and Luck together for the first time in a cup
I’m always on the look out for something a little bit different, a little bit unusual to give as gifts, and I believe, in this sweet little cup and saucer set from Select Japan, I have found it!
This cute little set is made in Arita, Japan – anything Japanese tugs my heartstrings – and what is so unique about it is the story that it tells as you drink from it.
It’s a lovely piece of porcelain before you even begin to add liquid, but when you do, it displays a four leaf clover. As you drink down, it turns into a heart, before you reach another tiny clover. As you drink the last drops you are finally left with a minute crystal heart at the very bottom! I’ve never seen anything like this before and was so intrigued by the design. Around the edges of the saucer are six tiny heart shapes. Whilst the cup and saucer are delicate and light, they are microwaveable and dishwasher-proof.
Arita, Japan’s historical porcelain manufacturer, is named after the town it originated, in Saga prefecture, on the southernmost island of Kyushu.
The very first Japanese porcelain was baked in Arita in 1616, and this heritage has continued for nearly 400 years. Arita introduced its quality porcelain to the European continent in the 17th century via the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC), and is credited with inspiring the birth of the first European porcelain, Meissen. VOC shipped the goods from Imari port, stamping the port name onto the box, thus Arita porcelain is better known in Europe as Imari.
I can just imagine sitting with a pot of green tea on a sunny summers morning, sipping from this cup. It’s the sort of thing that you could buy for a tea-lover, or for someone who has everything!
It is priced at £43.00 and is available with red or blue. A single cup comes in a sturdy presentation box, and there is also a set for two (£90) which comes in a pretty gift box.
To fully complete this charming set, you could also buy the Heart in Clover Ring Pot, It has a heart shape floating in the middle and the Arita craftsmen have gone one step further and created a heart design at the tip of the spout.