IJN Japanese Aircraft Carrier Launching Commemorative Sake Cup

Another cup I had long ago was a commemorative for the launching of the aircraft carrier Soryu (蒼龍). Here are three photos. Note that the design is blue underglaze and the inscription style are similar to that of the bottle I posted yesterday.

The design here is not generic. The airplane reflects the vessel being an aircraft carrier and the dragon image calls to mind the name of the ship, which literally translates into ‘blue dragon.’ The reverse inscription reads ‘Warship Soryu Launching Commemorative, Showa 10 [1935] December 23, Kure Naval Arsenal.’

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