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Okinawa Handcrafted Vase

Updated at 2024-04-25

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Okinawa glassware can be said to be one of the earliest models for a circular economy. After WWII, Okinawa became a territory of the United States. Bottled products, such as Coca-Cola and wine, were exported en masse to the island. The locals collected, melted, and repurposed the glass waste into wine glasses, which the American soldiers took home with them as souvenirs. When glass is remelted, impurities and air bubbles are introduced, creating a unique puffy and rough, yet welcoming texture. Ryukyu glass craftsmanship was recognized as a traditional craft in Okinawa Prefecture in 1998.

Details

Name
Okinawa Handcrafted Vase
Giver
Takeshi Onaga Governer of Okinawa Prefecture
Friendly States
Japan
City
Okinawa Prefecture

Language: Japanese
Area: 2,280.98 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 1,469,000 people
Main Industries/Features: Tourism, service, agriculture and fisheries

Category
Glazes and crystals、Glass、Handicrafts
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