Arakawa Hirokazu, ed., Utage to tabi no utsuwa: Bentobako (Bento boxes: Utensils for party and travel) (Tokyo: Shikosha, 1990), pl. 216.
Bentobako (Bento boxes), exh. cat. (Machida: Machida City Museum, 1985), no. 141.
Though the shape of this sake container would make it difficult to use, it was designed for pleasure outings. The flat surfaces and rectangular shape allow for packing and carrying. The name sode sashidaru ('sleeve' sake container) is a reference to the unique shape created by the cut-aways on the sides which call to mind the wide sleeves of the costumes worn in the Noh and Kyogen theater. For examples of choken of similar shape see lots 356-358.