Japanese traditions and folklore come together in this adorable porcelain tea cup set. This playful collection features four cherished characters from historical Japanese legends: the welcoming cat "maneki neko," the lucky owl "fukurou," the "daruma" doll of good fortune, and the "fugu" or blowfish of happiness.
Whether you're looking for a unique addition to your assortment of Asian collectables, a cheerful gift for a friend or family member, or a delightful tea or beverage container, this Japanese-crafted tea cup set is sure to make a charming impression.
Decorated in a traditional Japanese blue and white motif, each cup features different Japanese phrases, and one of the following characters:
-the beloved welcoming cat found in homes and business across Japan is posed with one paw in the air. This traditional stance is meant to beckon good fortune, riches, happiness and luck to the owner.
Owl-the Japanese pronunciation of owl is "fukuroh," which, when broken into the separate words "kuroh," or hardship, and "fu," meaning not, literally translates to "no hardship." Because of this play on pronunciation and meaning, the owl has come to symbolize the arrival of happiness following life's difficulties.
-a traditional hollow round doll made to represent the founder of Zen Buddhism. These dolls are often associated with a common Japanese saying about the value of persistence: "nana (seven) korobi (fail) ya (eight) oki (rise)" or "one may fail seven times, but will succeed upon the eighth rise."
Blowfish-"fugu," the Japanese word for the notorious pufferfish is also pronounced "fuku" in Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture. Since "fuku" also means happiness, the fish is sometimes considered a symbol of luck and happiness.
These microwave and dishwasher-safe tea cups are shipped securely from Mrs. Lin's Kitchen in a paper gift box.