This glass features a kamon, or family crest, of Japan's iconic Haneda Airport designed by Shoryu Hatoba, a family crest artisan, The Kamon is sandblasted onto the bottom of the thin-blown glass. The outstanding techniques of the skilled glassblowers and delicate, graceful kamon designed by Shoryu Hatoba produce an elegant beauty.
The kamon on the bottom of the glass consists of a jet engine and four propellers in a cross shape, symbolising the Chinese character "田," which stands for the "da" in "Haneda." The thin and thick loops on the outside are called "Komochiwa," which symbolises the link between generations. 16 is a number which represents "all directions." Therefore, the kamon symbolises the airport taking off to all parts of the world using its 16 wind turbines, with the wish for its everlasting prosperity. It is an auspicious glass which holds the wish of everlasting prosperity.

Glass size: Diameter 7.7 cm x height 9 cm /Capacity 300 ml
Outer box size: Height 10 cm x width 10 cm x diameter 10.5 cm
Kamon (family crests) have been passed down through the generations in Japan. Kyogen was founded at Kyobashi, Tokyo, in 1910 as a mon-nori-ya, a craftsperson's company that pastes the shape of a kamon onto a kimono. Later, Kyogen's second-generation owner became a monsho-uwaeshi, an artisan who draws delicate crests onto kimono using ink and brushes, and he passed down such techniques to future generations.

Kamon originated from the culture of the Japanese nobility. Later, when samurai became prominent, kamon became emblems on banners. After that, when times became peaceful, kamon started to be used for ceremonial purposes. Kamishimo costumes (ceremonial clothing worn by samurai) were born during the Muromachi period, and it was during this time that kamon were drawn directly onto costumes in ink. In the Edo period, commoners, who were not allowed to carry last names, cherished kamon as the sole way to identify themselves.

While preserving the traditional techniques of drawing kamon as monsho-uwaeshi, Shoryu Hatoba, the third-generation owner of Kyogen, fused the techniques of the Edo period that skilfully combines circles and lines with digital techniques to create a new kamon expression called "mon-mandala." Today, he is active in additional areas, ranging from commercial facility logos and fashion accessories, to the industry design sector including product packaging. Hatoba also produces works of art that overturn the conventional idea of art with his new talents in full bloom.

Hatoba says, "I want the tradition to be passed down in cool fashion." His free creativity and design captivates the hearts of people from Japan and abroad.

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