In the golden age of the 1950s, there were more than 50 whisky distilleries in America, located mainly in Kentucky. Home bars were popular, as was filling a decanter with one's favorite drink to take to parties, and many also enjoyed displaying and viewing their bottle collection as interior decor.
The majority of the porcelain whisky bottle decanters planned and ordered by competing whisky producers were manufactured in Seto, with the application of the techniques developed in the production of Seto porcelain ornaments for export. The realistic detail secured the status of these decorative items, and are much sought after by collectors even today. The diverse range of subjects includes cowboys, the War of Independence, wild animals, eminent figures, stars of the silver screen, automobiles, and more, executed with such skill that it can be difficult to find the cork stopper.
When: Until Sun. 28 Feb. (10:00 - 17:00; Last entry by 16:30) Closed Mondays (or the following business day if it falls on a national holiday), 28 Dec. to 4 Jan.
Where: Yokoyama Art Museum (横山美術館), Higashi Ward (東区)
Access: A 4-minute walk from Shinsakae-machi Sta. (新栄町駅, H11) Exit 1 on the Subway Higashiyama Line (地下鉄東山線) or Takaoka Sta. (高岳駅, S06) Exit 3 on the Subway Sakura-dori Line (桜通線).
Admission: General admission 1,000 (800) Yen; University & Senior HS students, Seniors (over 65) 800 (600) Yen; Junior HS students 600 (400) Yen; Holders of a Certificate of Disability 700 (500) Yen; Elementary school students and younger free. Prices in ( ) are for groups of 20 or more.
Website: https://www.yokoyama-art-museum.or.jp/ (Japanese)