By combining traditional Japanese techniques, this glass combines excellent functionality and the beauty of a work of art. Featuring lacquering and gold leaf plating techniques from Ishikawa Prefecture and metal polishing know-how cultivated in Tsubamesanjo, Niigata Prefecture, this glass is the culmination of highly specialized techniques practiced by various craftsmen.
Polishing techniques from Tsubamesanjo, Niigata Prefecture
Tsubamesanjo in Niigata Prefecture is known for its advanced and diverse metal processing techniques, its roots tracing back to the manufacture of Japanese nails during the Edo Period. There is a famous story that even the company Apple was smitten with the quality of Tsubamesanjo's polishing techniques. Aside from occupying 90% of Japan's metal tableware market share, products from Tsubamesanjo have also been acclaimed overseas, having graced the tables of Nobel Prize banquets.
Yamanaka lacquerware: lacquering techniques from Ishikawa Prefecture
Designated as a national traditional craft, Yamanaka lacquerware traces its history back to more than 400 years. As a rule, lacquerware is made by several craftsmen, from the woodworker who grinds the wood, to the lacquer craftsman who applies the lacquer and themakieartisan who decorates the finished product. While Yamanaka lacquerware is famous for its production volume and leading wood turning techniques used in lathe-produced lacquerware, it also features excellent lacquer application and decoration.
“Kanazawa gold leaf”: a traditional craft handed down from generation to generation in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture
More than 99% of Japan's gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa, Niigata Prefecture. In Japan, gold leaf is used in various handicrafts and in buildings of great historical value, including shrines and temples such as Kinkakuji in Kyoto and Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. Among the 36 traditional crafts that have been handed down from generation to generation in the historical city of Kanazawa, it is said that gold leaf stemmed from the popular practice of tea ceremonies and Noh theater in the city for over 400 years. With this backdrop, traditional crafts developed, and other factors such as the area's climate, natural features, and the “patient craftsmanship” that has been nurtured in the Hokuriku region have all contributed to the development of gold leaf.
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Since ancient times, gold has also been cherished as an auspicious symbol of “eternity,” “immortality,” and “longevity,” making this gorgeous gold leaf glass a perfect gift for a loved one.