Well, I can't deny that this particular Ikebana's design has a certain charm about it, not to mention a definite, rather playful resemblance to its namesake. While I won't claim the two are completely unrelated, though, the former goes beyond aesthetics. Full-bodied, smoothly rounded, and very, very stout through the walls, it's quite simply a pleasure to hold, and will prove all the more so, I imagine, with a good bit of burning leaf providing a mellow warmth from within. Grin-wise it's no slouch either, with plenty of flame up front and along the flanks, and a vast expanse of even better birdseye along the underside. The most curious feature of all is that little snub "nose" up front. Believe it or not, the entire, by no means inconsiderable substance of this shapely number is balanced just right to perch upon it, like an elephant balancing itself atop a tea cup.
- Eric N. Squires