This splendid sake cup showcases a fierce tiger in a bamboo grove. Traditionally symbolising the West & Winter in ancient Chinese and Japanese painting- perhaps because they emerge in the wintertime when hungry- the second generation Tokuda Yasokichi (1907-1997) portrays the tiger sighting here as a rare and auspicious symbol to those who drink from this sake cup. The creature is painted delicately on fine Japanese porcelain, and is also a member of the twelve zodiacs:
The years 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, and now, 2022 belong to the Year of the Tiger. This sake cup will surely make for a wonderful gift to those born in the Tiger's years.