Laser-Etch Your Personal Kanji Monogram On A Crystal Sake Cup

If you're in Tokyo between now and the end of April, and if you enjoy sake, there's a unique opportunity for you to sample excellent Niigata sakes and take home a beautiful crystal sake cup personalized with a very stylized and modern kanji monogram. The event taking place on the Friday evenings of April 13th, 20th, and 27th celebrate the opening of a permanent shop for the Mashikaku project by design studio Ideasketch.

The cup is a crystal version of the traditional square masu sake cup. Once you have chosen two kanji characters to create your monogram, a laser-etching machine will create your personalized crystal masu in a special stylized font created by Ideasketch. You can see how your monogram and design will look by using their interactive Mojigram website here. (Note: Some kanji characters cannot be reproduced)

After you create your crystal sake masu, the staff will provide recommended ways of putting it to use.

Sample Three Sakes Sourced Directly From The Cellars of Yoshinogawa Brewery in Niigata Prefecture

While you tour the Mashikaku shop which just opened on April 10th and peruse their simple yet stylishly designed items ranging from tableware, home furnishings, apparel, and accessories, you'll be able to taste three different varieties of sake sourced directly from the sakagura (sake cellar) of the internationally renowned Yoshinogawa Sake Brewery, the oldest sake brewery in Niigata Prefecture. Upon request, staff will also serve you their house blend coffee.



Reception: (Those paying at the door can pay the participation fee at this time)


Instructions on making your personalized masu

Overview of the Mashikaku brand


Personalized masu laser-etching

It takes about 6 minutes per cup. Participants will take turns operating the machine. Staff will be on hand to assist with the initial calibration if needed, so you can feel at ease participating even if it's your first experience laser-etching. While you wait for your turn, please feel free to observe and take pictures of other participants making their cups or peruse the shop.


Yoshinogawa Sake

Event Information

  • Date: April 13th (Fri) (and again on April 20th and April 27th)
  • Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Place: Ideasketch (Mashikaku Shop)
  • Address: 3F Verdi Akasaka 6-5-28 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0052 東京都港区赤坂6-5-28 ヴェルディ赤坂3F.
  • Fee: 2,500 JPY (includes free sake tasting)
  • Reservation: link
  • Inquiries:

By - grape Japan editorial staff.