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Porcelain sake set inspired by the Japanese cherry blossom.
Porcelain sake set inspired by the Japanese cherry blossom.
Porcelain sake set inspired by the Japanese cherry blossom.
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夜桜 Yozakura Sake Set

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Missed the Kickstarter campaign? You can pre-order the sake set at www.govy.fr 

夜桜 Yozakura (lit. night Sakura) is a Japanese tradition of enjoying the beauty of the Sakura (cherry blossom) at night by gathering under lighted trees to celebrate nature’s beauty and the arrival of spring with delicious sake and food.

This sake set is inspired by the Sakura pattern, the pentagon cup is carved as the blossomed flower and the carafe has an opening in the form of a Sakura petal drifting in the wind.

The gold and silver cups are decorated with food safe luster.

MADE IN JAPAN

To produce the best quality of product possible.

It only makes perfect sense to me that this product should be manufactured in Japan. And thanks to Shigeichiro Takeuchi I found an amazing ceramic company in Seto City to work with! 

Of course I could go with a manufacturer based in China or India for a much cheaper cost and a bigger profit, but I am an absolute admirer of the Japanese craftsmanship and sense of perfection. 

It has been a dream of mine to live and work in Japan. Producing this set there would help bring me closer to achieving this dream.

I've created the very first prototype of the Yozakura cup in 2012 while experimenting with clay. Since then I've been teaching myself everything possible about ceramics in order to make the plaster molds and produce this sake set.

I began selling this set online earlier this year and, much to my surprise, immediately received requests for much bigger orders. I realized there was no way I could ever produce the quantities requested in my small home-studio. I had to go into mass production if I wanted to see this product reach a wider market.

To allow myself the freedom to create new works while also filling increasing orders from customers, I have decided that it's now time to take my handmade Yozakura sake sets to the next level and have them professionally produced in Japan.

With your support I will be able to launch the production of the Yozakura sake sets and bring them to the international market!

I'm a French creator who has been passionate about Japan ever since childhood. Its culture and aesthetics have always been a major inspiration in my visual work

I am also on the Autism spectrum and throughout my life I have found solace and comfort in the Japanese culture. I can relate easily to the Japanese spirit and its qualities such as the quest and obsession for perfection, the never-ending learning of a craft, the quietness, respect of nature and its sense of order.

Growing up while being on the spectrum has been very challenging, especially because the diagnostic didn't exist during my youth. As tough as it was it also acted like a massive exposure therapy. But my recent diagnostic helped me in fully accepting myself, not feeling like a weird freak anymore. I realized that I was not alone and other people like me existed. This has been very liberating and helped me understand I should follow my dreams.

THE REWARDS

All rewards are between 25% and 43% less than the estimated retail price. Free shipping within the US only.

The first 5 rewards are Kickstarter exclusives. The single cups won't be available to purchase in retail after the campaign ends. Only the sake sets will be available.

ADD-ONS

You can add extra cup(s) to your reward by adding the amount to your pledge. If you already pledged then just click to the "Manage Your Pledge" button and add the add-on amount. 

Please let me know which add-on you want.

  • 1 extra black sake cup: $15 / $20 for backers outside the US
  • 1 extra gold or silver sake cup: $25 / $30 for backers outside the US
  • 2 extra black sake cups: $30 / $40 for backers outside the US 
  • 2 extra gold or silver sake cups: $50 / $60 for backers outside the US

ESTIMATED TIMELINE

  • October: KickStarter campaign
  • November: manufacturer produces test samples and molds
  • December: begin production in Japan
  • January: packaging of the sets
  • February: shipping to backers!

THE PROCESS SO FAR...

first prototypes of the sake cups - 2012
first prototypes of the sake cups - 2012
first prototype of the sake carafe, plaster mold and first cast
first prototype of the sake carafe, plaster mold and first cast
improved prototype of the sake cup
improved prototype of the sake cup
plaster mold of the sake cup
plaster mold of the sake cup
plaster mold of the sake carafe
plaster mold of the sake carafe
porcelain casts for the first version of the sake set
porcelain casts for the first version of the sake set
the finished sake set - first version
the finished sake set - first version
3D models of the second version of the sake set
3D models of the second version of the sake set
the finished set - second version
the finished set - second version
I might increase the size of the cup slightly, from 20ml capacity to 30ml
I might increase the size of the cup slightly, from 20ml capacity to 30ml

( ・∀・)っ旦 かんぱい!

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Risks and challenges

I'm confident there will be no change in the design when going into mass-production.

I might increase the size of the cup slightly, but it would be hardly noticeable.

The only current challenge is the timeline. If everything goes according to plan I would be able to ship the first Japanese produced sake sets in January. However, I estimated the shipping date to be February just in case the production takes longer than expected.

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