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Travelers’ Treasures / Eggshell Kaori (White porcelain cup)

Arita porcelain tableware has been exported to Europe for over 100 years. Because the pieces are thin like eggshells and sturdy, Westerners have praised them and christened them as “eggshells.” However, as times changed and trade stopped, the “eggshell” technology declined. In recent years, Eggshell Kaori came about as the successful result of an 18-month-long effort to recreate this thinness. These cups, which have a “cocoon” theme and attain the attractive white hue of Arita porcelain, are less than one millimeter thick. Because the pieces have transparency, the contents inside them can be faintly seen from the outside, as if looking through a shoji (Japanese sliding translucent paper door). The cup itself is palatable and lets the drink into your mouth smoothly with no loss of flavor. This rare article of Japanese traditional craftwork exudes superior quality.

Price: ¥3,780 for the large size (Price differs by size.)

Manufacturer: Yamaheigama Co. in Arita, Saga Prefecture (www.yamaheigama.co.jp)

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