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This shallow cup is one of three, decorated by a chrysanthemum in full bloom. In an old-fashioned wedding ceremony, both the bride and the groom sipped sake from each of three cups; sake was considered a purifying agent.. Yamamoto Mitsutoshi (Japanese, 19th century)   - Japanese Aesthetics : Photo

This shallow cup is one of three, decorated by a chrysanthemum in full bloom. In an old-fashioned wedding ceremony, both the bride and the groom sipped sake from each of three cups; sake was considered a purifying agent.

In the beloved Japanese tradition of san-san-kudo, the bride and groom take three sips each from three flat sake cups, after which their parents do the same, bonding the families together

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In the beloved Japanese tradition of san-san-kudo, the bride and groom take three sips each from three flat sake cups, after which their parents do the same, bonding the families together

Japanese lacquered tea box or caddy (Usucha-ki or natsume)  for holding the powdered tea used in traditional tea ceremony, gold chrysthanthemum decoration on black, lacquered wood

Japanese lacquered tea box or caddy (Usucha-ki or natsume) for holding the powdered tea used in traditional tea ceremony, gold chrysthanthemum decoration on black, lacquered wood

TANSU CHEST - Antique Japanese keyaki wood with full-width upper drawer, full-width double sliding-door compartment abreast of single door strongbox with locking interior compartments, and iron and brass hardware. Structurally sound with some finish compromises and brass rubbing commensurate with age. Some hinge compromises. Early 20th century. 41.25" x 36.5" x 16.5".

TANSU CHEST - Antique Japanese keyaki wood with full-width upper drawer, full-width double sliding-door compartment abreast of singl.

Incense Box in Shape of Overlapped Chrysanthemums; The Chrysanthemum Youth (Inside Tray)  Period: Meiji period (1868–1912) Date: late 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Gold maki-e, gold foil, and gold dust on lacquer Dimensions: H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm); D. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) Classification: Lacquer

Japanese Incense Box in Shape of Overlapped Chrysanthemums; The Chrysanthemum Youth (Inside Tray), Meiji period - Gold maki-e, gold foil, and gold dust on lacquer

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Kyodai (makeup set), 19th century, Wood, lacquer, bronze, brass, Japan, H: 25 5/8 in, L: 10 3/4 in (H: 65.1 cm, L: 27.3 cm). This is a Kyodai, or makeup set. It is ornamented with chrysanthemum-shaped gilt metal fittings and gold maki-e shells and aquatic plants. The set includes a water container, oil container, two white power boxes, and a mirror.

Kyodai (makeup set), 19th century, Wood, lacquer, bronze, brass, Japan, H: 25 5/8 in, L: 10 3/4 in (H: 65.1 cm, L: 27.3 cm). This is a Kyodai, or makeup set. It is ornamented with chrysanthemum-shaped gilt metal fittings and gold maki-e shells and aquatic plants. The set includes a water container, oil container, two white power boxes, and a mirror.

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of our ancestors. The Obon is celebrated in July in Eastern Japan, while in Western Japan it's in August.  Lanterns are lit to guide the ancestors' spirits in the Butsudan (Buddhist home altars for enshrining ancestors) room during obon.  It's believed that each year during obon, the ancestors' spirits return to this world to visit.

Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of our ancestors. The Obon is celebrated in July in Eastern Japan, while in Western Japan it's in August. Lanterns are lit to guide the ancestors' spirits in the Butsudan (Buddhist home altars for enshrining ancestors) room during obon. It's believed that each year during obon, the ancestors' spirits return to this world to visit.

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