Crystal Meets Glass
Japan's First Crystal Glass Factory since 1934
Loved by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan
When it comes to Japan's traditional craft culture, what's the first thing that comes to mind?
Lacquerware? Bamboo? Woodwork? Papermaking?
Well, you aren't wrong, but this time JAPANKURU wants to introduce to you
a beautiful part of Japanese craft making that you may have never thought of before.
We're talking about, glass!
Believe it or not, Japan's relation with glass dates way back to
as early as 3rd century Japan (Yayoi period) but it wasn't until recently the Edo era (1615-1868)
that the glass making we know today really made its mark.
Which is why this time we want to share Japan's special "Edo kiriko" with you
and where to get one of Japan's most popular glass stores in Ginza, Tokyo.
Traditional Japanese Glass Cutting
There are two primary types of glass at this store, Kagami Crystal.
Those are Crystal glass and Edo kiriko.
Crystal glass consists of a group of pure and raw materials creating a form of transparent glass.
Then Edo kiriko,
which is the main "Made in Tokyo" traditional Japanese craft in terms of cut glass,
is beyond stunning due to its meticulous and intricate cutting
that is no doubt only something a Japanese craftsman/craftswoman can produce.
How do you cut such delicate pieces of art though?
We'll get into that later, but first, it's important to know what "cutting" is.
Cutting refers to the glass products, using a particular cutting method,
being cut by discs made of emery, stone, etc.
so that lines, patterns, and other figures appear in the glass.
Under different lights and angles,
the pattern will produce different visual effects making it a very delicate process.
Japanese Edo Kiriko Cut Glass
Popular Edo Kiriko Glassware Store in Tokyo, Japan
Kagami Crystal Representing Local Edo Kiriko Artisans
Kagami Crystal not only owns original products made by its own crystal glass factory but also displays
a lot of work from local craftsmen and craftswomen.
By stopping by here, you can see how artists express their love, creativity, and persistence through Edo Kiriko.
Because of the bright colors of Edo Kiriko, Kagami Crystal also designs necklaces.
If you thought the small detail was amazing in the glasses, wait until you see the work put into these necklaces.