Vivid patterns like paper cutout Enjoy looking at or drinking with “Edo Kiriko”.
Hearing a word “crystal glass”, you would remember European products such as “Baccarat”. However, don’t forget that, also in Japan, there are crystal glass products about which we can boast to the world. Yes, it’s Kiriko. Especially, “Edo Kiriko” is said to have started to be produced in the Tenpo years of the late Edo period, and has been still popular both overseas and at home as a traditional artifact.
(Photo: EDO KIRIKO COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION, the same applies hereinafter.)
Pursuing beauty and quality
Edo Kiriko is said to have been made for the first time in 1834 by Kagaya Kyubei, a glass craftsman in Ohdenma-cho, Edo, who engraved a glass surface with powdered emery. After that, in 1881, craftsmen were coached by engineers who were invited from U.K., and craft techniques of Kiriko which have been passed down to the present day was established.
Sake cup / Ruri 6,000 yen (excluding tax, the same applies hereinafter.) Made of soda glass, 6.5 cm in diameter × 5 cm in height The photo above is a red version of the same sake cup (same price).
The vessel with brilliant blue and red glasses covering the transparent glass surface. This surface is scraped with a diamond wheel and polished. Just written in words, the process sounds simple. Of course, however, enormous expertise of craftsmen has been poured into it.
Typical patterns have Japanese traditional names, such as “yarai”, “nanako”, and “kagome”, are sophisticatedly combined to decorate Edo Kiriko. Recently, like the beer glass shown above, products with simple decoration have increased, and fascinated young people, especially women.
Old glass “Suiko” gold/red (produced by Satoshi Nabetani) 43,000 yen Made of crystal glass, 8 cm in diameter x 9 cm in height
Sake will be more delicious!?
Looking at “Suiko”, an old glass in which skills of crystal glass are concentrated, we would recognize it is technically excellent and its irregular refraction is wonderful under light. It would be fun to dither over, for example, which to use when drinking on the rock, this one, or the transparent model which can be purchased at less than half the price of this and for which color glass is not used.
Having a heavy sake cup in your hand, you can enjoy Edo Kiriko’s art of light and shade reflecting on a table and your eyes. You must feel that sake is more delicious than ever before.
Edo Kiriko is a title given only to hand-made Kiriko in the Kanto region centering on Koto-ku. If you wish to buy not Kiriko in other regions but Edo Kiriko, or see various vessels, EDO KIRIKO COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION SHOWROOM shown below will be useful.