Edo glass is a traditional glass craft made with techniques passed down since the Edo period (1603-1868). Initially, Edo glass products included mirrors, eyeglasses, furin wind chimes, ornamental hairpins, and other items. In the early Meiji period (1868-1912), Western techniques were introduced in the government-operated glass factory in Shinagawa, Tokyo, which led to the modernization of glass production.
●Designated as a Traditional Craft of Japan in 2014
Techniques and developments
Edo glass crafts are mainly manufactured using three different techniques: "Sorabuki" or free-glass blowing involves spooling molten glass at the end of a blowpipe and blowing air while spinning the pipe; "Katabuki" or mold-blowing involves blowing air into molten glass inside a mold; and "Oshibuki" or glass pressing involves pouring molten glass into a mold and pressing it into shape. Every item is handmade, giving it a unique warmth and quality.
Edo glass today
Edo glass crafts with patterns carved on their surface are called Edo kiriko, so all Edo kiriko products are also Edo glass products. Edo glass products with no carvings, including tableware and flower vases are also available for sale.