Buying Edo-kiriko cut glass sake sets made in Japan

Beautiful sake cups and bottles of Edo-kiriko cut glass from Amazon     Yarai Pattern (blue)         There are many traditional crafts including pottery, porcelain, and metal products in Japan but the glassware which has a long history isn’t so many. Edo-kiriko is the most popular Japanese glassware. Edo is the ancient name of Tokyo and more than a million people lived in the city (the largest population in the middle 18the century around the world!). Until the Edo Period (1603-1868), the culture of Japan was mostly developed the ruling class such as aristocracy and samurai. However, the culture of the Edo Period was the culture of townspeople. They Read more about Buying Edo-kiriko cut glass sake sets made in Japan[…]

Edo kiriko Japanese drinking glassware. There are many patterns!

Traditional Japanese tableware Edo-kiriko cut glasses   Edo-kiriko is a flashed glass with a various type of the patterns. The glassware is one of the Japanese traditional crafts. But it needs some conditions to be certified as real Edo-kiriko.   Glassware Manual procedures Mainly using rolling tools Produced in designated area (centering on Koto-ku and Sumida-ku, Tokyo Prefecture)   Though there are the classic patterns of Edo-kiriko including yarai, shippo, and sasa-no-ha, we can also see the modern patterns.   Of course, the patterns delight our eyes. Furthermore, you touch the patterns when you drink with the cut glass. You feel the bumpy surface.   The designs and colors of Edo-kiriko Read more about Edo kiriko Japanese drinking glassware. There are many patterns![…]

Beatutiful amber and blue/green cold sake glass cups

Japanese guinomi sake glasses of the traditional Edo-kiriko from Amazon.com   When you drink cold sake, a great glass guinomi (Japanese sake cup) would more bring out a flavor. Unlike sake cups of pottery or porcelain including Imari (Arita)-yaki, Kutani-yaki, and Hagi-yaki, it isn’t available for hot sake, of course (you can see sake cups of Imari-yaki, Kutani-yaki, Hagi-yaki from here). But they don’t have the glittering of the Edo-kiriko cut glass.      The traditional cut glass started the history in 1834. After the glass wholesaler, Kaga-ya Kyubei began to carve a glass with using emery powder in Edo (today’s Tokyo), the craftsmen of Edo-kiriko introduce the techniques from Europe Read more about Beatutiful amber and blue/green cold sake glass cups[…]

Top quality Hanashyo’s Edo-kiriko guinomi sake cups from Amazon

Most fine and elegant Japanese cut glass guinomi cups of Hanashyo       The history of Edo-kiriko started in the middle of 1800’s and the current cut glass craftsmen take over the technique. Furthermore, they improve the design by trial and error. Especially, the glassware of Hanashyo is very famous for the beautiful colors and fine carving. The Japanese government gave the wine glasses of Hanashyo to the state guests on G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008.     Since the establishment in 1946, the Edo-kiriko company have produced the glassware focusing overseas market. That made the company more sensitive for the current of the time around the world.   Read more about Top quality Hanashyo’s Edo-kiriko guinomi sake cups from Amazon[…]

10 modern pattern Edo-kiriko glass tumblers on Amazon

The traditional but new Japanese cut glass tumblers   “Edo” was the ancient name of Tokyo. In the Edo Period (1603-1868), it was the biggest city around the world and more than a million people lived in. While the samurai (warrior) class ruled Japan at that time, the tradesmen and artisans of the town developed the unique culture. Ukiyo-e, haiku, kabuki, sumo…   The various industries grew and invented the new products. In the middle 1800’s, the glass wholesaler Kaga-ya Kyubei come up with the way of carving a glass with emery. That was the beginning of the Edo-kiriko glass.   The craftsmen of the Japanese cut glass had came Read more about 10 modern pattern Edo-kiriko glass tumblers on Amazon[…]

Let’s drink wine with the Japanese traditional Edo-kiriko glass

Get the wine glasses of the Japanese traditional cut glass from Amazon.com   The history of the Edo-kiroko glass started in 1800’s . The wholesaler of the glass Kaga-ya Kyubei in Edo invented the way of curving the glass from Europe. He used a emery for the curving. But during the Edo Period (1603-1868), there were no cut glass with colors. All of the products was clear and transparent.   The beautifully colored and various patterns of the Edo-kiriko glass showed in Meiji Period (1868-1912).    See the patterns of Edo-kiriko drinking ware   Today, there are not only the Japanese sake cups but also wine glass and rock glass of Read more about Let’s drink wine with the Japanese traditional Edo-kiriko glass[…]

Mt. Fuji (Fujiyama) design Edo glasses and kirikos

The combination of the Japanese traditional  glass and symbolic mountain     Since the birth of the Edo glass , the craftsmen had invented a variety of the patterns and form for the cut glass. It developed as the Edo-kiriko cut glass (it was 1800’s in Edo).   See the patterns of the Edo-kiriko drinking wares   Though the traditional cut glass was regarded as an old‐fashioned thing one time, the craftsmen cooperated with the designers and have created the newly designed products. The Edo-kiriko with the appearance of Mt. Fuji is one of those.    Curious to say, the beautiful and symbolic mountain hadn’t shown up the world of the Edo Read more about Mt. Fuji (Fujiyama) design Edo glasses and kirikos[…]

Special black Edo-kiriko cut glass drinkingwares

More difficult to make. Black Edo-kiriko cut glass     The Japanese cut glass Edo-kiriko has more than 180 years history. The glass wholesaler Kaga-ya Kyubei in Edo (ancient Tokyo) carved a glass from the Europe. It was the beginning of Edo-kiriko. Since then, the craftsmen of the cut glass had improved a various patterns.   And the industry started to produce a cased glass Edo-kiriko in Meiji Period (1868-1912). There are many colors of Edo-kiriko including, blue, red, green, and purple.      But still now, the black colored Edo-kiriko is most difficult to make because the Japanese cut glass is so thin (0.1-0.2mm) that black easily returns to gray with Read more about Special black Edo-kiriko cut glass drinkingwares[…]

Japanese glass vase of Edo-kiriko from Kagami Crystal

Tradtional craft Edo-kiriko vase for sale at Amazon   Kagami Crystal Kagami Crystal is one of the long-established crystal glass makers in Japan. There was no other factory which had integrated production systems around the country when the company started.   The founder Kagami Kozo (1896-1985)who had learned Gravure Cutting Techniques in Germarny pursued the artistic quality of the crystal glass.   His ambition bore fruit. He won the silver prize at the Paris World Exposition, the honorary award at the New York World Exposition, and the Grand Prix at the Brussels World Exposition.   The company still keep his belief “Hating a creation seeking a transient and ad hocery effect. Having always a spirit to create a truly valuable product”.   Today, three craftsmen Takei Read more about Japanese glass vase of Edo-kiriko from Kagami Crystal[…]

Beautiful Japanese Edo-kiriko glass sake cups and pitchers

Traditional Edo-kiriko sake cups of Japanese glass tableware Cold and clear sake water really goes well with a crystal glassware, I think. The traditional Japanese cut glass Edo-kiriko certainly makes your sake more taste good.   As the name shows, Edo-kiriko developed in the townsman culture of Edo City (today’s Tokyo). They preferred the mind of “iki” (粋).    Edo-kiriko represents the minds perfectly.  With the glass sake cups, you can enjoy drinking and the spirits of Edo.     What is an Edo-kiriko? “Kiriko” means the Japanese cut glass. Most of the today’s Edo-kiriko is a flashed glass and have some kind of colors including blue, red, and purple. But it Read more about Beautiful Japanese Edo-kiriko glass sake cups and pitchers[…]