Edo-kiriko, a traditional Japanese craft, is a glass product produced in designated areas in the Kanto area centered on Koto-ku, Tokyo. This glassware began to be made over 180 years ago and has developed. Edo Kiriko has some traditional patterns, and Hakkaku Kagome is one of them, and its geometric pattern is very beautiful.
Meaning of Hakkaku-kagome Pattern
Kagome means a lattice made of bamboo mesh woven rattan in Japanese. And Hakkaku means octagon. In Japan, the bamboo lattice has been used in the sense of an amulet since ancient times.
Hakkaku-kagome Pattern cold sake cups
History of Edo-kiriko
It is said that Kagaya Kyubei, who ran a glassware wholesaler in Odenma-cho in Edo, started cutting glass works of foreign glassware brought in by Europeans since Tenpo period (1830-1844). In the Meiji period, Western-style cutting and sculpting techniques were introduced by technical instruction of the British. Many of the sophisticated cutting techniques which have led to the present day are supposed to start at this time.