Measure the Rice

During the 1300’s in Korea, three square wooden cups were used as traditional units for measuring volume of grains, powders and liquids.  These measurements were called Hope, Dyeo and Mal.  Hope is “a handful” of rice (1200 grains) or 180ml.   Dyeo is “two handfuls” of rice or 1800ml.  Dyeo is approximately 10x the amount of Hope.   Mal is approximately 10 liters or 10x the amount of Dyeo.

Photo credit : Seoul Museum of History

Photo credit : Seoul Museum of History

In Japan, this wooden square measuring cup or ‘Masu,’ is used for foods such as rice and soy sauce. The Masu is used widely for serving Sake. Drinking from the cup is a symbol of good fortune. “Masu” means growth in Japanese, and so the cup becomes an icon of prosperity and  happiness. The wooden cup in mostly made from Cypress or Cedar wood, which have natural antibacterial properties to keep food and drinks fresh. Today, masu are used for special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, or weddings. There are three units in Japan similar to Korea. They are called the Shaku, Gou and Shou.                                                                 
Shaku, or Isshaku, as said in Japanese, is roughly equivalent to 18 ml
Gou (or Ichigou)  is 10 Shaku, 180 ml.
Shou is 10 Gou, which is about 1800 ml. or 1.8 liters.

Photo Credit : www. 7yari.co.jp

Photo Credit : www. 7yari.co.jp

*LiveRice only offers Shichi Hon Yari Masu. Please check our shop.
[Capacity] One Go (180ml, 6oz)
[size] external dimensions
3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 2 1/8"