Edo Kiriko is a traditional glass carving method that has been passed down for generations in Tokyo, which used to be known as Edo. The glassblower first creates an object with two layers of glass—colored on the outside and clear on the inside—then cuts intricate patterns on the surface to create a beautiful contrast between the layers.
Through this intensely involved process, third generation Edo Kiriko artist Kenji Otomo has created the enchanting Moon and Rabbit sake glasses. He’s designed one for every season of the year, all featuring a pair of frolicking rabbits—which are considered symbols of good luck in Japan—and a full moon. What makes the glasses extra special is that the moon is a lens through which to see the rabbits, which are depicted on the opposite side of the glass.
The light purple spring glass shows the two rabbits playing under blossoming cherry trees. The light blue summer glass shows them vacationing beneath the palm trees of a tropical island. The dark blue autumn glass celebrates the September full moon festival and shows the rabbits kissing amidst pampas grass. And the red winter glass shows them nestling together in a snowstorm.
Otomo apprenticed with his father and grandfather and is certified as a traditional craftsman by the city of Tokyo. He made these glasses in the traditional sake glass size and shape known as “tenkai,” with an extra smooth lip for drinking. Whether you use them for sake or just have them on display where their tints can catch the light, they’re a delicate and unusual addition to your décor (delicate enough to need hand washing—no dishwasher for these).