JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUAR
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It is said that the origins of Edo Kiriko date back to 1834 when a Kagaya Kyubei, who was working in a small glass works in Edo (Tokyo), copied a piece of English cut glass. It also seems that Commodore Matthew Perry, who arrived in Japan toward the end of the Edo Period (1600-1868), was very surprised when he was presented with a splendid piece of Kagaya's cut glass.
Subsequently various Western methods of cutting and sculpting glass were introduced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries under instruction from experts from England. In fact, many of the fine glass cutting techniques introduced at that time are still in use to this day.
Although during the Edo period clear glass was cut, these days it is colored or cased cut glass which appeals more to the buying public and makes up the bulk of production. Inevitably the cut lines and patterns are more distinct and the contrast between the clear and colored surfaces is one of the distinctive features of this glassware, which includes such things as general items of tableware, items for drinking sakE, flower vases, decorative glass and stationary items.