A sake set with a cherry blossom motif.
The appearance of cherry blossom petals scattered over the surface of the water and floating is called a corolla. The colored glass grains are likened to cherry blossom petals, and the sake set is finished to express the appearance of floating on the surface of the water.
|Country of origin||Aomori Prefecture, Japan|
|Size||Cup: φ2.16" * H1.96", Sake Bottle: φ5.51" * H2.48"(盃 φ5.5*H5.0, 片口 φ14.0~9.3*H6.3cm)|
|Capacity||Cup: 2.71 oz(80ml), Katakuchi: 6.09 oz(180ml)|
|Electronic Equipment||Microwave oven : X Dishwashing machine : X Direct fire : X IH : X Oven : X,|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
A Group of Artisans Who Continue to Challenge the Notion That “Craftsmanship Is Not Perfect”
Hokuyo Glass Co., Ltd.
- Tsugaru Vidro
- Tomonori Kabeya
Creating Tsugaru Vidro and Transforming It Into a Traditional Craft
Hokuyo Glass is a handicraft glass factory with a long history in Aomori Prefecture.
We were founded in 1949 as a factory that produces glass floats for fishing. At that time, there were other companies that produced glass floats, but our’s were firmly evaluated as being stronger than those of other companies.
This eventually led us to becoming Japan’s top producer of glass floats in 1973.
Following this, the predominant material used to produce glass floats changed from glass to resin products. However, in 1977, we created "Tsugaru Vidro" by utilizing the "glassblowing" technique that was cultivated during the production of glass floats.
Afterwards, our artisans focused on developing their craftmanship, and continued to devote themselves to independently study advance techniques such as “glassblowing,” and the unique formulation ratio of raw materials to produce beautiful colored glass.
Hokuyo Glass is constantly striving to develop new techniques and products, and has now had Tsugaru Vidro certified as a traditional craft of Aomori Prefecture.
Green, the Color Created by Chance, and a Carefully Guarded Formulation Recipe
Hokuyo Glass originally produced glass that was colorless and transparent.
However, when one of our artisans added sand from Shichiri Nagahama (Aomori Prefecture), which is famous as a scenic site, as a raw material in production, an indescribable deep green-colored glass was formed.
From then, our artisans have immersed themselves in making colors.
Tsugaru Vidro, which was also created in a similar fashion, is "handmade glass that allows you to sense the four seasons."
It is created by the hands of our glass artisans, using their various techniques combined.
Tsugaru Vidro is characterized by its soft and warm colors, which are created by a unique formulation recipe that is carefully guarded.
Hokuyo Glass expresses the colors of the four seasons that are unique to Japan by using more than 100 varieties of colored glass, which we have formed over many years of judgement and experience, through means such as changing the formulation based on the weather and temperature.
By combining various colors of glass, we also express the strength, delight, and fleeting nature of the changing seasons.
Tsugaru Vidro Continues to Evolve With New Sensibilities
As an increasing number of cheap glass products are produced overseas, Hokuyo Glass has been striving to create "glassware that enriches lives" by sticking to handiwork.
The fact that our products are "handmade" does not mean that they are poorly crafted or compromise on quality.
Instead, it demonstrates that we are making products with the pride of exploring techniques and increasing value.
Recently, as the factory has gained more female artisans, we have also been expanding the possibilities of Tsugaru Vidro by developing products with new sensibilities, such as single-flower vases and oil lamps.
Our Tsugaru Vidro is something that each of us produce with our pride as artisans who form colors, artisans who blow glass, artisans who polish and complete, and artisans who inspect.
Please be sure to enjoy Tsugaru Vidro, the glassware that expresses the four seasons of Japan.
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.