The FUJIYAMA GLASS is a beer glass in which when beer is poured, Mt. Fuji will make its appearance doubtlessly. When the glass was awarded the Manabu Mizuno Prize in the Tokyo Midtown Award back in 2008, it was originally designed as a “daily use souvenir” for foreign tourists. Just after being commercialized, however, it became a popular gift for the Japanese. Many have reached me saying they’ve bought it or they’re using it, and some even told me how their business with foreign companies turned out successful because of the glass. Soon after Mt. Fuji was selected as a World Heritage Sight, the glass was introduced in various media, sparking the craze of Mt. Fuji. Just when the Mt. Fuji fever settled down, I was contacted by the organizer of the biennale in France, requesting me to send this glass because Sam Hecht had selected it for an exhibition he was organizing. The glass, which I gratefully sent, was displayed beside Ronan and Erwan Bouroullecat the biennale. This may have been a trigger for the glass to be selected as Best Product 2015, coordinated by Designboom. The following year, Marva Griffin has recommended me in for the HUBLOT DESIGN PRIZE, in which one of the jury was Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. This glass exists as a result of connections with various people, and has helped expand even more. The glass gas given me the opportunity to start THE with Mr. Mizuno, and after a decade, he invited me for an opportunity to design trains. Sugahara Glassworks Inc., the manufacturer of the FUJIYAMA GLASS, was the one that made my martini glass for the Bombay Sapphire back when I was representing Japan as a student. When I was designing this glass, I was still employed as an in-house designer, and I kept making prototypes of this glass in a cold room after work. Perhaps designers aren’t suppose to design for themselves these days, however, you should be making whatever you want to make.