Edokiriko 江戸切子(Japanese glass cutting technique)
“Kiriko” 【江戸切子】is traditional Japanese glass art.
The cups and materials used for these are very beautiful and are very good to drink liquor with
Today we talk about the practice of Japanese glass cutting called “Edokiriko”
It’s said that Edo kiriko was founded in 1834 by Kagaya Kyubei, who operated a glassware store in the Odenmacho area of Edo, now better known as Tokyo. After studying in Osaka, which had developed advanced glassware manufacturing methods, he returned to Edo and operated a glassware store that made eyeglasses and thermometers. From there, cut glass gradually spread throughout Edo.
There are patterns engraved as grooves and curves on the glass in order to reflect the light and change the glass in mysterious ways. Also it gives every glass an unique touch.
With elegant, transparent and clean Japanese-style designs, the works of Edo kiriko will captivate anybody’s heart.
Maybe you can drink liquor more deliciously by using “edokiriko”!!
There is also “Satsuma Kiriko” (Another style of glass-cutting) which we will cover in a related post.