Edo Glass, Edo Kiriko
"Precious Crystals of Edo City"

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is also a center of craftsmanship. Among them, Edo Glass and Edo Kiriko are traditional Japanese Glassware that have been handed down for about 200 years in Edo City, the old name for the central area of Tokyo.

These beautifully shining glasswares have been refined in Japan's largest consumer city, carrying on the good old Japanese tradition into the modern age.

Edo Kiriko

Edo Kiriko is means “cut glass made in Edo City” which is a traditional Japanese glassware with engravings on the surface of Edo Glass. About twenty traditional patterns of Edo faceting are characterized by the delicate faceting of traditional Japanese patterns that are also found on kimonos. The cutting, which sparkles with the reflection of light, is truly jewel-like in its beauty.

Surprisingly, in Edo Kiriko, no underpainting of patterns is done on the surface of the glass. Linear patterns are drawn on transparent or colored glass using a special abrasive compound that has been handed down since the Edo period. Edo Kiriko is the crystallization of the advanced skills of cut glass craftsmen.

Edo Glass

Edo glass is made by craftsmen in every step of the process, and no two products are alike. They come in a variety of colors and designs, but all are characterized by the warmth of their handmade nature. 2014 saw the designation of Edo glass as a national traditional handicraft.

In recent years, as the number of glass factories overseas continues to decline, Tokyo is becoming known around the world as one of Japan's leading glassware production centers. 

In particular, products that you actually hold in your hand and put your mouth, such as tumblers and wine glasses, have won high acclaim for their comfort. Guinomi sake cups and sake glasses, which are in the limelight along with Japanese food, have shapes calculated to enhance flavor and aroma, and are gaining popularity both in Japan and abroad.

Ideas for Use

Edo glass and Edo Kiriko glass, with its cool transparency and shimmering light, brightens up the dining table, and can be used not only as sake glasses but also as Kobachi (small bowls) to add color to Japanese cuisine, or as artifacts to be displayed on shelves for interior decoration.

In addition to their beautiful appearance, these products, filled with Edo culture, history, and craftsmanship, are highly recommended as special gifts.

Popular Makers

Tajima Glass

Established in 1956. Produces a variety of glass products by developing new methods while inheriting the techniques of Edo glass. A proud crystallization of traditional styles representing Japanese glassware.

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Hirota Glass

Based on valuable design materials handed down to the company since its foundation, it has been carrying on the traditional manufacturing of Edo Kiriko and blown glass by hand. Elegant selection that retains the atmosphere of Taisho period in Japan.

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