Nabetani Glass Kogei, an Edo Kiriko workshop, was established in 1949 at its current location in Minami-Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo, and was taken over by Junichi Nabetani, the third generation of the company.
Edo Kiriko, born in the 19th century, is a craft that incorporates European cut glass techniques. In addition to Edo, Satsuma (present-day Kagoshima Prefecture) is known as a place of Kiriko glass production. While Satsuma Kiriko temporarily ceased to exist after losing the patronage of the authorities of the time, Edo Kiriko, which was used by the common people as a daily necessity, has continued to carry on the tradition.
The 20 or so types of traditional patterns have never faded away, and continue to add color to today’s the dining tables. While Satsuma Kiriko glass is two to three millimeters thick and is cut with a blurring technique, Edo Kiriko is characterized by delicate engraving on a piece of colored glass less than one millimeter thick.
“I had no intention of taking over the family business because I saw my father working every day in the dust as a cheap laborer,” said Mr. Kikuchi. “But one day, I saw one of my father’s works and was attracted to it, so I decided to give it a try.” Since then, Junichi has worked as a Edo-kiriko craftsman for more than 20 years, becoming a certified traditional craftsman in 2009.
Edo Kiriko glass is delicate and sparkling, so it has an image of being favored by women. “I tried to make a glass that men would like, and I exhibited it at an event and it was very well received.” He is innovating the world of Edo Kiriko with his original glasses that are both delicate and strong.
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