- Made in Japan
- Vintage: circa 1970’s
- Details: Very nice set of tea cups in the tall, handleless, Japanese yunomi style. Each piece is red, white, and blue with gorgeous red crowned cranes, outlined in black, flying over blue waves. There is gold detailing throughout as well as a gold rim. There is a lot of symbolism in this pattern starting with the red crowned cranes. These cranes can live to 50 and 60 years of age and they’re a symbol of longevity, good luck, and because these cranes mate for life, they’re also a symbol of fidelity. The waves represent surges of good luck, and also signify power and resilience. The clouds are in the “Karakusa” shape which symbolize luck, prosperity, and eternity. The cups retain their original labels which read: “Takahashi, San Francisco 94103, Made in Japan”. These would make a beautiful hostess gift packaged with some teas.
- Material: Porcelain
- Dimensions: 3.5 inches Tall, and 2 3/8 inches in Diameter.
- Condition: Vintage – Used. Excellent Condition. There is a little bit of red paint on the bottom of one cup. There are no chips, cracks, or scratches. Gold is in excellent condition. PLEASE SEE ALL PICTURES BEFORE PURCHASING. ALL SALES FINAL. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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The Takahashi Trading Corporation was founded in San Francisco, CA by Henri Hiroyuki Takahashi after WWII. Henri’s son, Norman (Norman Tomoyuki Takahashi) studied computers in college and that knowledge of computerization helped make Takahashi’s a national wholesale and retail company dealing in imported Japanese made designer home goods, with seven retail stores, in the San Francisco Bay Area and NYC. Norm would travel to Japan with his parents and upon his father’s death, took over the company. Sadly, Norm passed away in October of 2018. No word yet on who will be running the company but no doubt it will continue to be family owned.
Update – On March 24, 2019 there was a warehouse sale liquidating much of the Takahashi inventory in San Francisco. This is the end of an era of a much loved family business, Takahashi will be changing ownership.