This tea set was hand-carried from Japan long ago by a friends' mother.
It's a fantastic set, with generous-sized cups nearly big enough to fit an avocado in, with gold detailing. Each one is clearly hand-painted, as marked by subtle differences in pattern and proportions. A shame I have no talent for reading the maker's name! And even better: I thought the set only had three cups, but it actually has five! The teapot seems so small compared to how many glasses it should fill... but then, I suppose they don't tend to fill glasses more than halfway when initially serving anyways, don't you think?
It's for sale on ArtFire right now! For how rare and delicate it is, I think it's well-worth the price. Surely, this is a special tea set. And samurai (or ronin?)- what a romantic image!