titleYokan Cutter


nameCutter, Cookie


dateCirca 1920


descriptionA small brass? metal yokan cutter in the shape of a cow or bull. The cutter is made from a thin metal loop similar to a small bottomless cup. The cup was then shaped by bending and creasing its sharp bottom edge. The none-cutter side has a lip that acts as padding for the hand.


history of use


The cutter was used for cutting out yokan; a thick jellied dessert made of red bean paste, agar, and sugar. The cutter served as a tool to create decorative pieces of yokan. The cutter was most likely purchased from Japan.


part ofYamake Family collection




Nikkei National Museum