This series is inspired by "rice milling", which is indispensable for sake brewing.
This is designed with the motif of the silhouette of sake rice with a round colon of the popular "rice polishing rate of 30%" for sake brewing.
A set of two popular "Mai3 Small" and "Mai Kataguchi" sake sets.
It is designed so that the light is diffusely reflected on the inner molding and the sake shines brilliantly.
The sake set with the motif of "rice", which has been popular for a long time as a gift for "prosperity of descendants" and "fertility", is a gift for marriage, relatives and special people. It is also recommended as a gift.
|Country of origin||Tokyo, Japan|
|Technique||Edo Cut Glass|
|Size||Katakuchi: φ3.07" * H2.55" * M3.81", Mai 3 small: φ2.00" * H1.88" * M2.36"(片口φ7.8*H6.5*M9.7, Mai 3 ｽﾓｰﾙ φ5.1*H4.8*M6.0cm)|
|Weight||Katakuchi: 0.13 lbs(60g) , Mai 3 small: 0.07 lbs(30g)|
|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)|
Crafting the Future of Glass Together With Others
- Edo Glassware
- Seiichi Kimoto
Fresh Innovation Through Devotion to the Glass Industry
After opening as wholesalers in 1931, Kimoto Glassware has steadily expanded while remaining single-mindedly committed to serving the Japanese glass industry.
Specializing in Edo kiriko glass since the beginning, they aim to help this incredible craft evolve in line with changing Japanese lifestyles while protecting precious traditions.
Using their unique perspective as a glass wholesaler, Kimoto Glassware have developed the world’s first black Edo kiriko glass through an amalgamation of creative power and Edo kiriko traditions.
It represents the beginning of a new tradition fitting today’s sleek, modern lifestyle.
Kimoto Glassware continues to open up the horizons of glassware while striving to create a new world of glass.
A Diverse Network of Expert Craftspeople
Glassware is perfected and imbued with life when each process, technique, and method is properly honored.
This is why collaborative partners are indispensable in creating the beautiful products that Kimoto Glassware produces.
As a wholesaler, Kimoto Glassware works unbound by the confines of the industry, with a range of glass workshops in Tokyo, Edo kiriko craftspeople, various designers, and a number of other creators ready to manufacture cutting-edge products.
By drawing on the expertise of various industries, innovative “made in Tokyo” products unshackled from conventional barriers can be realized.
Message to Customers
Glasses That Create Value
“We want you to select a glass to go with your drink or food.”
Kimoto Glassware has been among the first in the glassware industry to promote this concept of choosing a glass to fit the beverage or food.
It is at the core of the Japanese sensibility to appreciate the charm and character of each individual glass.
Choosing special glasses to suit different foods, drinks, environments, and situations will add a touch of the extraordinary to everyday experiences.
Please share these memorable moments with the special people in your life.
2009 Grand Prize (Governor’s Award) 5th Tokyo Traditional Handicrafts Challenge Award
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.