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Periodization of sake cups and sake bottles

Periodization of sake cups and sake bottles

How do we know how old a cup is? One of the interesting things about this hobby is that these cups are mostly tied to history - personal, unit, or political. There are cups that are tied to individual histories - someone did this or that. There are ones that are tied to particular units - the Manchukuo Railroad units, the Taiwan regiments, individual warships, etc. Then there are the ones that are dated to events - Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, WW1, WW2, etc. 

Among these, only the last kind are very easily datable. Usually it says right on the...