Tokyo [Other Crafts] EDO Kiriko (Cut Glasses)

Categories
Art / Traditional crafts
Area
Kanto Tokyo
Shops
Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
Update date
2020-11-26

The origins of Edo cut glass date back to 1834 when Kagaya Kyubei, who operated a small glass shop in Edo (Tokyo), copied a piece of English cut glass. It is said that Commodore Matthew Perry, who arrived in Japan toward the end of the Edo era (1600-1868), was amazed when 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 the guidance of experts from England. In fact, many of the glass-cutting techniques introduced at that time are still used today.

During the Edo era, cut glass products were clear, but today mostly colored items are produced to satisfy consumer demand. The distinct lines and patterns and the contrast between clear and colored surfaces are characteristics of Edo glassware. Items produced today include tableware, sake glasses, flower vases, decorative ornaments and stationery items.

EDO Kiriko (Cut Glasses) (details page)

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