Otagiri Mercantile Company

Otagiri Manufacturing Company, more commonly called OMC, was based out of San Francisco, and may have had locations in Los Angeles and Dallas. Products by Otagiri were manufactured in Japan. Around the 1960s, a very similar company called Jard Products arose that had the same designs and even nearly identical stickers. In the mid-1990s, Otagiri was sold to Enesco Corporation, a division of Stanhome. Otagiri stopped producing Polynesian items many years ago, and Enesco, which now owns the rights to the designs, has not opted to start producing them again.

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    Aku Aku Coconut Mug in 19 collections

    This coconut has a rough brown exterior and a white glazed interior, and a small white field on the side with "Aku Aku Las Vegas" printed in black.

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    Aku Aku Ku Tiki Mug a.k.a. OMC Ku Tiki Mug - in 51 collections

    This Ku mug is unglazed tan, with a brown glazed rim and interior. Back is marked "Aku Aku" in vertical letters down back, in black. The Aku Aku was a Polynesian restaurant inside the Stardust casino, at the north end of the Las Vegas strip. The restaurant opened in 1960, and closed in 1980.

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    Aku Aku Las Vegas Moai Ashtray in 1 collection

    This ashtray was manufactured for the Aku Aku in Las Vegas, NV. The ashtray has a stone-like finish and is topped with a black moai. A similar ashtray was produced for John Ascagua's Nugget and Trader Dick's but with brown moai. There is also a similar ashtray for the Los Angeles Islander but with their signature menu tiki.

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    Aku Aku Moai in 3 collections

    This mug comes from the AKU AKU in Las Vegas, NV. Black moai with egg-shaped white oval on top back labeled "Las Vegas AKU AKU" in black.

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    Aku Aku Moai with Lid in 52 collections

    This stout moai is an orangish-brown color somewhat squarish in shape, and has a lid with two straw holes. Marked "AKU AKU Las Vegas" in black on the bottom, it comes from the Aku Aku at the Stardust Casino.

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    Aku Aku OMC Surfer Girl Bowl in 3 collections

    This surfer girl bowl was created by OMC and used at the Aku Aku in Las Vegas, Nevada. The surfer girl is brown, with a red skirt, and is surfing on blue waves, with a white background. The girl has two yellow fish swimming along side. Coldpainted red details. Bottom is flat, and has an OMC sticker.

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    Aku Aku OMC Surfer Girl Mug in 9 collections

    This surfer girl mug was created by OMC and used at a number of different locations. This one is from Aku Aku in Las Vegas, Nevada. The surfer girl is brown, with a skirt, and is surfing on blue waves, with a white background. Coldpainted red details. Bottom is deeply concave, and has an OMC sticker.

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    Aku Aku Rum Barrel in 33 collections

    This simple brown rum barrel was produced by OMC. Marked "Aku Aku" in raised orange letters on front.

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    This mug design by Otagiri has a tiki with a lined, droopy face, pointed small breasts, a long nose and eyes like semi-circles. Marked "Aku Tiki Lounge Lincoln, Nebr." in black on a field of white on back of mug.

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    Aloha Hut Tiki Mug Green in 10 collections

    This tiki mug is shaped like a ku, with a headdress made up of many small leaves. The chin is very upturned. "Aloha Hut" is in raised letters at base. Green exterior, orange interior. OMC sticker on bottom.

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    Aloha Jhoe's Moai Mug in 6 collections

    This rich red-brown moai mug is from Aloha Jhoe's in Palm Springs. It has the Aloha Jhoe's logo, "Aloha Jhoe's" in vertical lettering, and "Palm Springs" all in black on the back of the mug.

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    Bali Ha'i Tiki Bob in 42 collections

    The original "Tiki Bob" mug was created for Tiki Bob's in San Francisco, here the design is "borrowed" for the Bali Ha'i at the Beach in New Orleans, Louisiana. Stamped as such on the side. Very simple, cheerful white tiki face on brown.

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    Bali Hai Crossed Arms Tiki Mug in 12 collections

    Bisque tiki with dark brown rims and interior. The tiki's arms are crossed and look somewhat like little fans, and the tiki's body has dash-like indentations all over. Marked "Bali Hai" in black on back.

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    Bali Hai Kon-Tiki Mug Tall in 4 collections

    The design of this mug is borrowed from Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki boat, which used the design of a South American sun god, Kon Tiki. Forehead has three sunray-like dashes, lips are two horizontal lines. OMC sticker on bottom. This version is from the Bali Hai in Lynnfield, Massachussetts.

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    This hiball features an exotic looking hula girl with long dark hair. She is dressed in yellow and has red lips, a red flower in her hair and is wearing a red lei.

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    Bali Hai Palm Tree Mug in 16 collections

    This mug was manufactured by Otagiri, and remarkably is still available today if you visit the Bali Hai in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. The mug is white, with a large palm tree in painted relief on the front, with "Bali Hai" in raised black letters. Also has painted clouds and mountain landscape, all in relief. OMC sticker on bottom.

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    This black tiki mug has a pointed headdress design, similar to other mugs that have a pointed top rim, but this design has a flat rim that allows easier drinking. Tiki has rounded eyeballs, figure eight mouth, full squat body. All black satin glaze. This version was produced for the Bali Hai restaurant in Lynnfield, MA.

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    Bali-Hai Painted Moai Mug in 4 collections

    This is the wider of the OMC painted-eyes moai. Streaky beige color, with painted eye details. "Bali-Hai, Northport, L.I., N.Y." in black on back.

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    Bally's Peanut Lined Face OMC Mug in 13 collections

    A peanut-like tiki with a lined face from OMC, in light beige with darker brown glazed top and bottom rims. Marking is stamped in black on the back, "Bally's Reno Nevada".

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    Beach-Comber Tiki Bob in 3 collections

    The original "Tiki Bob" mug was created for Tiki Bob's in San Francisco, here the design is "borrowed" for the Pontchartrain Beach-Combers, which later became Bali Ha'i at the Beach in New Orleans, Louisiana. Stamped as such on the side. Very simple, cheerful white tiki face on brown.

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    Blue Hawaii OMC Woodgrain Moai Mug a.k.a. Blue Hawaii Otagiri Moai - in 4 collections

    This is a brown moai mug produced by Otagiri Mercantile Co. for the Blue Hawaii in Nashville, Tennessee., and has a wood-grain appearance.

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    Blue Hawaii Rum Barrel in 2 collections

    This simple brown rum barrel was produced by OMC. Marked "Blue Hawaii" in raised orange letters on front.

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    The design of this mug is borrowed from Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki boat, which used the design of a South American sun god, Kon Tiki. Forehead has three sunray-like dashes, lips are two horizontal lines. OMC sticker on bottom. This version is from Bob Lee's Islander in Boston, MA.

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    Bob Lee's Islander Palm Tree Mug in 1 collection

    This mug was manufactured by Otagiri for Bob Lee's Islander in Boston, MA. The mug is white, with a large palm tree in painted relief on the front, with "Bob Lee's Islander" in raised black letters. Also has painted clouds and mountain landscape, all in relief. OMC sticker on bottom.

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    Bretton's Bali Hai Hula Girl Mug a.k.a. Bretton's Bali Hai Hula Girl Palm Tree Mug - in 2 collections

    This hula girl mug is designed to look like the trunk of a palm tree. Hula girl has black hair, yellow lei, hair flower, and skirt, painted face details. From Bretton's Bali Hai in Kansas City, MO. Bretton's was open from 1945 to the mid-1970's. The Bali Hai Room was added in 1954.

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    Bucket-like Handled Mug a.k.a. Kon-Tiki Handled Bucket Mug - in 2 collections

    This handled mug looks similar to the typical bucket mugs, with its unglazed wood-grain look, tiki face in relief, and brown glazed rim and interior. The shape is a bit different, though, and there is a brown glazed handle. There is one tiki face and not three, the one face is similar to the Kon-Tiki design. Unmarked but OMC sticker on bottom.

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    This bucket mug appears to have been made for the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association at Pier 91 in Seattle, WA. It features an anchor on one side and the image of a masted sailing ship on the other. Beige exterior and brown interior. "C.P.O. Club" on front and "N.S.D. Pier 91" on reverse. Bottom reads: "Made Exclusively for C.P.O. Club Seattle".

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    A peanut-like tiki with a lined face from OMC, in light beige with darker brown glazed top and bottom rims. Marking is stamped in black on the back, "Castaways, Manitou Springs, Colo."

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    This mug design by Otagiri has a tiki with a lined, droopy face, pointed small breasts, a long nose and eyes like semi-circles. This version is marked "Chan's Dragon Inn" from Ridgefield, New Jersey.

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    These salt & pepper shakers by Otagiri are of stern-looking moai, with a woodgrain-like series of vertical lines all over. They have a brown glaze. They are marked "Chan's" on the back in raised letters.

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    This tiki mug is green and is of a smiling tiki with a very large nose. The tiki's headdress comes down the side, as is sometimes seen with Kus, and there is an "X" pattern along the top rim. OMC sticker on bottom. This version was manufactured for Chan's Waikiki, Paramus, NJ.

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    This surfer girl mug was created by OMC and used at Chan's Waikiki. The surfer girl is brown, with a skirt, and is surfing on blue waves, with a white background. Coldpainted red details. Bottom is deeply concave, and has an OMC sticker.

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    This black tiki mug has a pointed headdress design, similar to other mugs that have a pointed top rim, but this design has a flat rim that allows easier drinking. Tiki has rounded eyeballs, figure eight mouth, full squat body. All black satin glaze. This version was produced for Chan's Waikiki, Paramus, NJ.

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    Chiam Jurojin Fogcutter a.k.a. Chiam God of Longevity Mug - in 3 collections

    This fogcutter is beige in color and features Jurojin, the god of longevity. It is green and was manufactured by OMC for the Chiam, in Chicago.

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    Chin Tiki Mug in 6 collections

    Smooth bisque tiki with dark brown rims and interior. The tiki has a large nose with flared nostrils and a figure eight-shaped mouth. He is holding a sing in both hands that is marked "Chin Tiki."

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    China Restaurant Coconut Mug in 1 collection

    This simple coconut has a white rounded rectangular area on the side that is marked "China Restaurant Chicago, Illinois." China Restaurant was owned by Paul Fong's brother and was in the same location as another well-known Chinatown restaurant called Chiam.

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    This is a mug featuring a stylized stereotypical Asian male face with a long mustache, commonly referred to as a Fu Manchu mug. Chinese symbols on the back side and below this it is marked "Dr. Fong China Chicago Chinatown 2253 Wentworth". China Restaurant was owned by Paul Fong's brother (hence the Dr. Fong connection), and was in the same location as another well-known Chinatown restaurant called Chiam.

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    China Sails OMC Bug Eyed Moai a.k.a. Otagiri Marquesan Moai - in 7 collections

    This mug by Otagiri was used at many restaurants, and is commonly called the Bug-Eyed Moai. This one is from Dave Wong's China Sails, a chain of Chinese restaurants in the Boston area. The mug is of a stylized moai, more narrow at the top, and having distinctive large, rounded eyeballs. The glaze is two-toned, with a beige overlaid with a darker streaky brown. The interior is white, base is white and concave.

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    Chinese Symbols Fogcutter in 2 collections

    This brown mug was manufactured by OMC. It features three Chinese symbols down the back that are identical to those found on the regular OMC Empress Mug and The Mandarin Empress Fogcutter mug put out by OMC for The Mandarin in San Francisco. The front has brushstroke Chinese characters/symbols that roughly translate to: 1st character means "forest", 2nd character means "happiness", 3rd character means "light". It might be a Chinese proverb translating to "Enlightenment is a Forest of Happiness" or some other similar sentiment.

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    Crossed Arms Tiki Mug Bisque Smooth in 15 collections

    Bisque tiki with dark brown rims and interior. The tiki's arms are crossed and look somewhat like little fans, and the tiki's body is smooth, rather than the textured version which has a hammered appearance.

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    Bisque tiki with dark brown rims and interior. The tiki's arms are crossed and look somewhat like little fans, and the tiki's body has dash-like indentations all over.

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    Dave Wong's China Sails Chinese Junk Fogcutter a.k.a. Dave Wong's China Sails Chinese Junk Fog Cutter - in 1 collection

    This is a fogcutter mug featuring a Chinese junk on the front. It is glazed yellow with brown details for the junk. Marked "Dave Wong's China Sails" on back, with OMC sticker and "Made for China Sails by Otagiri Co." on bottom.

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    Hula girl mug used at the Dave Wong's China Sails chain of Boston-area restaurants. Hula girl is in relief on the front, holding a brown tiki mask. Very similar to one used by the Hawaii Kai in New York.

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    Similar design as Skipper Kent's Moai. This is a tall moai with rounded eyeballs, protruding lower lip, and interior of lips painted white. Marked "Dave Wong's China Sails" on back, with OMC sticker and "Made for China Sails by Otagiri Co." on bottom.

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    Dave Wu's Polynesia Tiki Mug in 1 collection

    This mug was manufactured by OMC for Dave Wu's Supper Club in Silver Springs, MO. The mug is similar to the ubiquitous Maori peanut mug, but the style of the tiki is far different. It has rectangular eyes, a straight mouth and straight lines on its face suggesting moko.

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    These salt & pepper shakers are shaped like slender moai, with a streaky brown finish, and are marked "Disneyland" in black on the back.

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    Double Coconut Mug in 8 collections

    This coconut mug is made of two coconut halves, the bottom one face down, and the top one face up to create the cup. Brown exterior and white interior.

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    This mug design by Otagiri has a tiki with a lined, droopy face, pointed small breasts, a long nose and eyes like semi-circles. This version is marked "Dragon Island Centereach NY 732 4668" on back.

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Date Created
23 Apr 2020
Date Updated
10 Aug 2020
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