【Edo Tokyo Rethink】Hanashyo x Noritaka Tatehana
Hanashyo creates not only glassware with traditional designs, but also numerous pieces with original designs.
Thekome-tsunagimotif employed in this collaborative piece depicts stalks of rice. Rice is a symbol of prosperity, and this motif expresses prayers for an abundant harvest.
Thekome-tsunagidesign, a true delight to the eyes, is the product of Hanashyo’s expertise with glass.
The Japanese word for lightning isinazuma, a combination ofina, meaning rice, andtsuma, meaning husband. It comes from an ancient belief that lightning causes the rice plant to bear rice. This piece therefore harmoniously blends the motifs of lightning andkome-tsunagi.
The work consists of nine glass plates, combining transparent areas and areas where the back of the glass has been painted. They combine to depict a picture while also leveraging the reflections produced by cut glass.
*All necessary safety precautions were taken during the interview as part of COVID-19 prevention.
Online Exhibition Outline
Exhibition Title: Edo Tokyo Rethink -The Future of Traditional Industry Seen Through Art at the Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens-
Organizer: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Edo-Tokyo Kirari Project
Co-organizer: Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association