Asakusa, Edo kiriko

Experience the artisanship at the heart of Japanese culture

Asakusa, Tokyo
  • Discover Japanese aesthetic through Edo-kiriko glassware workshop
  • Find the perfect gift or forge your own glass creation

Traditional craftsmanship lies at the heart of the Japanese aesthetics, and also plays a large role in Asakusa’s local industry. A well-known and prized form of glassware craftsmanship is Edo-kiriko, or “Edo-cut” glassware.

Eating and drinking play an important role in many Japanese social customs. As a result, glassware and pottery have a deep history here, and are highly valued for both their function and form.

Edo-kiriko glasses generally consist of colored glass that is intricately carved in fractal designs, while some are more playful and feature animal or nature motifs. The Asakusa glassware shop Sokichi holds Edo-kiriko hands-on workshops, where you can create your own personalized glass through instruction from a master glass cutter.

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