Japanese owl cups

Our cute cups with owls on one side and japanese text on the other side. If anyone could translate I would be very happy! :-)

We bought these adorable handmade and handpainted cups in Kyoto on a very hot summer’s day last August. Tea and tea cups were the last thing on our mind while we were walking the narrow alleys of Kyoto in exhausting heat, but luckily we couldn’t resist the cute owls when we saw them in a display window of a small shop which we found.

Espresso cup from the Taika series of Iittala (photo: www.iittala.com).

If you want your own cute owl cups, the Scandinavian brand Iittala has a new series called Taika with owls which kind of reminds me of our Japanese cups.

8 Responses to “Japanese owl cups”

  1. lory
    March 25th, 2007 21:41

    Elles sont très belles ces tasses!

  2. renaye
    March 26th, 2007 02:00

    i like the cups. they r much more creative than mine. >.

  3. Monika Korngut
    March 26th, 2007 14:28

    I love those cups, they are adorable. I wish I brought more little things back like that from my trip…

  4. Scott at Realepicurean
    March 26th, 2007 23:55

    My question is: do you use them, or are they just for show?

    They’re too pretty to break !

  5. Dagmar
    March 31st, 2007 12:40

    Scott: I have to admit that we still havn’t used them, but the plan is to use them. They are too pretty only having them for show :-)

  6. tingshen
    April 7th, 2007 04:09

    I can’t understand japanese but some of the words are in chinese. There are happiness and dream.

  7. yinyun
    July 28th, 2007 07:43

    left cup: “yasashii [can't see the rest]” “tanoshii yume wo”
    yasashii = kind, nice
    tanoshii = enjoyable
    yume = dream
    wo = grammar particle

    such lovely cups…i loved kyouto

  8. Dagmar
    July 29th, 2007 21:25

    Yinyun: Thank you so much for the translation!!!! It was very sweet of you!

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