While I’m proud of the lovely hashioki I’ve collected that cost less than a dollar, people always ask me what is the most expensive piece in my collection.
This sterling silver boat represents the other end of the spectrum. In December 2000 it cost 200 Hong Kong dollars, or approximately $US 29. It is the signature piece of The Peninsula in Tsimshatsui in Hong Kong, a 5 star hotel located more or less across the street from the Hong Kong Museum of Art, where I purchased my first hashioki.
From time to time I see more expensive hashioki for sale on the Internet, usually with some designer’s name attached, and there are undoubtedly many fine craftsman-created hashioki from Japan with higher price tags.
But this is it for me…. at least, so far.