This wonderful clay sake cups of Japanese vintage folk art pottery were made for the Meiji Shrine Commemoration in 1920. They are just a few years away from being classified correctly as antiques. They are made with clay and cold painted in the manner of folk art, and considering the location of the shrine they may have been made by Mingei artists. Their characters most likely represent three of the Seven Lucky Gods. Cold painted on the outside in their characters, the commemoration information is written on the inside and pictures of the shrine and shrine gate are painted in gold, then they are glazed over that. The are in very good condition for their 96 years of age and considering the fragility of small and thin clay pieces like this, one does have a chip which can be seen in the pictures but otherwise in good condition, especially on the outside. Inside the cups is written 明治神宫参样纪念 for the Meiji Shrine Commemoration .
Sizes: Diameter about 2" or 5.08 cm, Height 1" or 2.54 cm
Meiji Shrine Commemoration 明治神宫参样纪念,.
The Meiji Shrine or 明治神宮 Meiji Jingū located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. This perfect example of Shinto architecture-- muted colors and spare lines-- was opened in 1920 to commemorate the death of Emperor Meiji in 1912. Surrounded by 178 acres of shady trees and the various Japanese flora of Meiji Jingu Park, it is one of Japan's most sacred and picturesque shrines. The Imperial Treasury House annex exhibits the coronation carriage and mementos of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
In November 2001, Yabusame demonstrated for the president George W. Bush at Meiji Jingu shrine. After the emperor's death in 1912, the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate his role in the Meiji Restoration. An iris garden in an area of Tokyo where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken had been known to visit was chosen as the building's location. Construction began in 1915 under Itō Chūta, and the shrine was built in the traditional nagare-zukuri style and is made up primarily of Japanese cypress and copper. It was formally dedicated in 1920, completed in 1921, and its grounds officially finished by 1926. Until 1946, the Meiji Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha 官幣大社, meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines. The original building was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund raising effort and completed in October, 1958.
Meiji Shrine was brought into the flow of current events with the 2009 visit of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After arriving in Tokyo on her first foreign trip representing the newly elected President Barack Obama, she made her way to this shrine in advance of meetings with Japan's leaders to show her respect toward history and the culture of Japan. In January 2010, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle demonstrated the same respect when he concluded his visit to Japan with a visit of the shrine.
The main ceremonies at明治神宮 Meiji Jingū always surround prayer for world peace. Obama just recently paid a visit for the 100th year anniversary in April, 2014. ,For more information see
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