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Sumi-Yaki Hira-Hai Cup

Sake Cup

Sumi-Yaki Hira-Hai Cup

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Regular price $ 65.00 Sale

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True “Terroir” of Iga

Iga region, where this donabe is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay from this region is naturally highly heat-resistant and has been used for open-flame cooking for many hundreds of years. This clay consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. The porous body gives the donabe remarkable heat-retention ability. The donabe gradually builds the heat when it’s heated, then it cools down very slowly after the heat is turned off. This, along with the glaze that promotes the far infrared radiation (FIR), allow the donabe to produce a gentle, high heat that penetrates to the core of each ingredient. The effect is ingredients are cooked evenly with all the flavors sealed inside.

Authentic Iga-yaki Pottery by Ngatani-en

Iga-yaki (Iga-style) pottery is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics and is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in late 7th Century. This donabe is made by Nagatani-en, a leading producer of authentic Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each donabe is made by hand with care and it takes about 2 weeks to produce an individual donabe. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products been loved by both professionals and home cooks in Japan.

Your Donabe Develops its Character as it Ages

As you use your donabe over and over, it develops the character and that’s something to be welcomed.

  • The very thin cracks could appear on the surface (glaze) of the donabe. It’s called “kannyu” in Japanese and the cracks run like veins. They are the naturally developed cracks on the glaze and won’t affect the function of the donabe.
  • Once you start using the donabe, the bottom part starts to change its color and black spots (like burned spots) could appear. It’s also the part of developing the character and the donabe is safe to use. However, if the bottom part seems to get too black too quickly, the heat you use might be too high. In this case, we suggest that you use the donabe over lower heat level.

All the donabe and Iga-yaki products made by Nagatani-en are hand-crafted with care, so every piece is unique and no two pieces are identical. There are slight variations within the color/ shade, shape/ curve, and patterns, among pieces, and that makes each piece so special. Also under different lighting and angle, the actual color shade and nuance may also appear slightly different from the photos in the product page.

(1 Rice-Cup Size)
Mini Kamado-san. Good for 1-2 servings.
  • Size: 8.75” (21.5 cm) x 7” (18.5 cm) x 5” (13.5 cm) high – including handles and lid
  • Capacity: 0.6 qt (600 ml)
  • Able to cook up 1 rice cup (about 3/4 US cup =180 ml) of uncooked rice
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs (2 kg) – not including the trivet
(2 Rice-Cup Size)
A little smaller than our standard size.
  • Size: 8.5” (21 cm) x 10.5” (26 cm) x 6” (16 cm) high – including handles and lid
  • Capacity: 1 qt (1,000 ml)
  • Able to cook up to 2 rice cups (about 1.5 US cups =360 ml) of uncooked rice
  • Weight:6.5 lbs (2.9 kg) –not including the trivet
(3 Rice-Cup Size)
Our best seller standard-size.
  • Size: 9.5” (24 cm) x 12” (30 cm) x 7” (18 cm) high – including handles and lid
  • Capacity: 1.5 qt (1,500 ml)
  • Able to cook up to 3 rice cups (about 2 ¼ US cups =540 ml) of uncooked rice
  • Weight: 8 lbs (3.6 kg) – not including the trivet
(5 Rice-Cup Size)
Perfect for a larger group. Biggest Kamado-san.
  • Size: 10.5” (26 cm) x 13” (32.5 cm) x 8.5” (21 cm) high – including handles and lid
  • Capacity: 2.5 qt (2,500 ml)
  • Able to cook up to 5 rice cups (about 3 ¾ US cups =900 ml) of uncooked rice.
  • Weight: 10 lbs (5 kg) – not including the trivet

Material: Clay
Producer: Nagatani-en
Origin: Iga, Japan
Included in the package: Donabe (bowl, inner lid, and outer lid), ceramic trivet, wooden rice paddle, and English instruction sheet. We also include a Japanese rice measuring cup as a special gift (while supplies last).

Usage and Care
  • Ideal for gas stove top use. This donabe is not suitable for electric or induction cooktop.
  • Oven-safe (up to 500F/ 250C). This donabe is not suitable for microwave.
  • Hand wash only.
  • Before the first use, this donabe must be seasoned (How to Season Donabe).

Domestic Orders

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International Orders

Usually ship out in-stock within 5 business days of order.

We do not accept any returns for international orders. Any additional charges (including but not limited to import tax, custom fees, VAT, brokerage charge) that might incur after the order lands in the destination country must be borne by the recipient.

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