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Peer into the Okinawan seas with these breathtakingly beautiful glasses

By grape Japan

With their exquisite coloring, shading, texture and sandblasted designs, these gorgeous glasses from the Ryukyuan isles really look like manta rays, sea turtles and whales are swimming in the sea.

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This is "Ryukyuan glass: Sea creatures," a glass made of shibori Ryukyuan glass with a unique texture.

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The glass depicts humpback whales, whale sharks, and other sea creatures swimming majestically in the Ryukyuan seas.

The air bubbles, a characteristic of Ryukyuan glass, match the mysterious undersea atmosphere. The wavy texture of the shibori glass creates a wave-like effect, and the gradation of color from light to dark blue is reminiscent of the beautiful colors of the ocean.

The design of the creatures swimming happily in the sea are created by sandblasting, a technique in which sand is blown onto glass at high pressure to create detailed patterns.

Since the glasses are handmade by craftsmen, the gradation of colors, the subtle variation in depth of the patterns, and the size and layout of the air bubbles will vary from glass to glass. Each one is unique.

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When the light hits this glass, you'll truly feel as if you're looking into the sparkling sea on a sunny day off the coast of the Okinawan isles. The beautiful gradation and the majestic sea creatures swimming about will surely soothe your soul.

Check out the Ryukyuan glass: Sea creatures at grape Shop.

What happens when you pour a drink

While you can enjoy "Ryukyuan glass: Sea creatures" as a beautiful object to decorate your home, its natural purpose is obviously to hold your favorite beverages, so we would be remiss not to show you what it looks like when you use it.

For example, when you pour soda water into it, the bubbles create an even more mysterious undersea mood.

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This is what it looks like when you pour in some beer. Pouring colored beverages into the glass changes the hue and creates a different effect.

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Looking at the wave-like pattern of the glass, the countless air bubbles, and the beautiful blue gradation, it really puts your mind at ease. It would surely be soothing to use when you're tired from work or feeling down.

Check out the Ryukyuan glass: Sea creatures at grape Shop.

Other beautiful glasses depicting ocean scenery

At grape Shop you can also find other glasses depicting ocean scenery.

For example, we also recommend the "Shabon Glass: Sea Creatures" which takes on different shades of color depending on how the light hits it.

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The light Shabon glass will delight you with its beauty, which is different from Ryukyuan glass.

Check out the Shabon glass: Sea creatures at grape Shop.

Grape Shop has a variety of glass designs with sandblasted patterns, such as this glass with floating jellyfish.

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Check out the sandblasted glass series at grape Shop.

(Grape Shop uses WorldShopping Global. The page is in Japanese, but if you see the WorldShopping widget appear at the bottom of the page, that product can be shipped overseas).

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