Haisen [ˈhā sen]
1. a small vessel or bowl in which sake cups are rinsed
Sake dates back thousands of years, to the earliest days of rice cultivation in Asia. As people's sake-drinking traditions shifted towards drinking from small, individual cups rather than a large vessel, a new custom emerged. Cups were washed, in a vessel called a haisen, to show respect and deepen friendship between individuals. Today, the word "haisen" also refers to decorative water vessels that display floating flowers. The Haisen collection is handcrafted by melding streams of colored glass to produce a multitude of hues that transform appearance depending on the finish.