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MIYABI GLASS-Glass of MIYABI/Refined Elegance


Kyoko Tamada has long taken in the Japanese culture of MIYABI to her glass artwork.

She has successfully altered the Heian Period colors uniquely into glass, rather than expressing them in fabric and paper.


Many of the Japanese glass artists struggle to find their signature style, but sadly can not seem to escape from the Western style art form.


[MIYABI GLASS-Glass of Refined Elegance] is based on the MIYABI culture passed down in the Imperial Household within the Imperial Court for 1000 years.

Kyoko Tamada has the sensibility of color near to that of the Heian Period courtier.

If there was glass in the Heian Period, rather than using fabric and paper, the artists would have chosen glass as a tool to express the combination of colors created by the layering garments of JUNIHITOE, a twelve-layered ceremonial kimono worn by court ladies.


[MIYABI GLASS-Glass of Refined Elegance] is a unique modern glass art originated in Japan.

What is [MIYABI-Refined Elegance]


Our country, from ancient time, has long had words and phrases portraying creations of nature and the universe.


This can be seen from various poetries recorded in Japans oldest poetic anthology, [MANYOSHU-The Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves/The Oldest Anthology of Tanka].


The words and phrases portraying the sensibility of beautiful nature, wind and color.

This unique atmosphere of [MIYABI BUNKA-Culture of Refined Elegance] is the perspective from the culture of the Imperial Court in the Heian Period.


There is no doubt that the founding of [KANA MOJI-Japanese Calligraphy] played an important role in the development of [MIYABI BUNKA-Culture of Refined Elegance].


Unlike the imported Chinese characters that needed various alteration methods, simplified [KANA MOJI-Japanese Calligraphy] was able to express Japanese everyday words easily.

Due to its simplified shape, elegance and beauty was asked from the letter itself.

For this reason, the shape of [KANA MOJI-Japanese Calligraphy] reached to its perfection 1000 years ago.


Japanese apricot, cherry blossom, wisteria, kerria, azalea, iris, calamus, maple, lotus, bamboo, firefly, lady bug, dragon fly….


Hundreds and thousands words for flowers, trees and insects.


Every word from nature has its own representing color.

From there, the words with colors made a unique evolvement.

The beauteousness of the words were altered into clothes, instruments, letters, events and rituals.


For the past thousand years, [MIYABI BUNKA-Culture of Refined Elegance] has been passed down in the Japanese Imperial Court and is the basic foundation of Japanese culture today.


Japans supreme culture, [MIYABI BUNKA-Culture of Refined Elegance] stands upon such cultures like samurai warriors and merchants.