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Kotobukihai Shochikubai (Small glass cup)

Colored glass with geometric patterns is not the only example of Edo Kiriko cut glass. Hana Kiriko with its pictures of the beauty of nature on transparent glass is a type of Edo Kiriko, a traditional cut glass method passed down since the Edo period. What type of pattern and how it is placed are determined by difficult methods that require both technique and sensibility. Kotobukihai Shochikubai is a three-piece set of sake cups with the pine, bamboo, and plum tree motif used since long ago for celebration. The cuts are calculated to reflect light and sparkle even more beautifully when they contain sake. Masaaki Yamada, a third-generation kiriko artisan, has cut these glasses by adapting a classic pattern with a new sensibility. He studied under his father, who was a famous Edo Kiriko craftsman, while pursuing his own unique techniques. He also participates in groups of young craftsmen, actively working to create new forms of this traditional technique and pass these precious techniques down to the next generation.