A unique aspect of Japanese design is how both traditional and modern examples have earned admirers all over the world. Japanese ceramics and tableware have been prized by collectors around the world for generations, and in more recent times character and mechanical artwork from anime have achieved a similar level of reverence among fans.
So now retailer Donguri Kyowakoku is combining those two bookends of Japanese aesthetics with a special tokkuri (sake bottle) and ochoko (sake cup) set.
If you’re thinking there’s something familiar-looking about the ceramic drinkware, it’s because the design is based on the mysterious robot soldier from the Studio Ghibli anime movie Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
▼ Aside from his scenes in the Hayao Miyazaki-directed classic, the robot solider can be found on the roof of the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
Much like his anime counterpart, the sake flask robot spends most of his time standing silent and dormant. Instead of going into a fire-spitting combat mode, though, the porcelain robot’s head can be removed, becoming the cup for you to pour the bottle’s contents into.
▼ Both the flask and the cup are microwave and dishwasher safe, according to the manufacturer.
Donguri Kyowakoku, Japan’s biggest seller of Ghibli goods, is offering the Laputa: Castle in the Sky Tokkuri and Ochoko Set through its online store here for 4,536 yen (US$42), and says it would make a great Father’s Day gift. Alternatively, if your dad isn’t into alcoholic beverages or ceramics, Donguri Kyowakoku suggests one of its Ghibli polo shirts (6,264 yen, orders here), featuring pocket crests with characters from My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Porco Rosso…
…or its handkerchiefs (1,296 yen, orders here), which salute Totoro, Porco, and Howl’s Moving Castle.
But while they’re all official Father’s Day recommendations, they’d really be great presents for any Ghibli-loving person in your life, including, of course, yourself.