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Japanese Glassware with Transitions

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Tomomi | 0 comments

As many of you may know by now we sell many glassware in the shop.  Although we have quite a few oppositions from management against selling glassware that is fragile and expensive, group of us were very passionate about our glassware.  Japanese glassware historically went through many transitions before it reaches the current highest quality standard.  Selling the glassware has made our tableware selections richer and also customers enjoy the Japanese traditional dinnerware from various times.


Around the fourth century A.D., glass already exited in Japan. These were decoration items such as glass beads and glass bowls.  In 1633, the government of Edo began a national seclusion policy and broke off all relations with foreign countries for 200 years. Before they took this policy, European glass imported and brought through Nagasaki port, which opened its gates to foreign countries at that time. At the same time, not only products but also Portuguese and Dutch glass artisans came to Japan. It is commonly said that the history of glass making in Japan was started around early in the seventeenth century.   Although glass making technology existed during Edo era, the glassware were still so fragile and did not have the strength and practicality of European glass that time.


At the end of Edo era, reform-minded samurai, reflecting the enormous changes that have taken place in the preceding Tokugawa period, effect political change. They launch the reform movement under the guise of restoring the emperor to power, thereby eliminating the power of the shogun, or military ruler, of the Tokugawa period. The emperor's reign name is Meiji; hence the title, "Meiji Restoration" of 1868.


The design technique of Japanese glass dramatically improved after the 1930s. Artisans are more focused on creating glass as art work.  The artisans' works were influenced by the West in a great deal but also well integrated with the traditional Japanese design and the integration has made the artwork more interesting than pure Western glassware.  


I immigrated to the United States 16 years ago (wow!) and have been noticing myself year by year that I am no longer Japanese or American. I have Japanese values and American values to live based upon although my heart is always in Japan.  Who I am transitions year by year interestingly and I enjoy the transitions.  I see myself in the Japanese glassware that remains traditional with a lot of Western influence.  I love my Japanese glassware and they will surely attract all of you.



Interested in our glass teapots?  Please check out our glassware collections!

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