Glass arrived in Japan with the Christian missionaries in the 16th century. Kyoto aristocrats, high-ranking samurai and wealthy merchants used the much-prized foreign glassware as a gesture of hospitality toward guests. Today, locally made glassware continues to evolve within the fields of cookery, art and the sciences. Various materials are fused with precision and rustic sensibilities. Discover the essence of Kyoto values and aesthetic sensibilities through the works of master glassmakers.