Hagi Glass

Western Honshū

At Kasa-yama, 6km north of Higashi-Hagi, this Hagi glassware showroom and shop displays some beautiful coloured-glass vases and cups, and you can watch the glassblowing process. Quartz basalt from the dormant volcano nearby is used to make the extremely tough glassware here.

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