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Glass with Class: Shattering Expectations at Sokichi Kiriko Workshop in Asakusa



2023.06.15 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Edo Kiriko is a traditional Japanese glass-cutting technique from the Edo period that creates intricate glassware with patterns cut into the surface. Skilled artisans use cutting wheels to create designs ranging from geometric shapes to nature-inspired motifs. The transparent or translucent glassware allows the patterns to shine when light passes through. Known for its craftsmanship and attention to detail, Edo Kiriko is often used for decorative purposes such as vases and plates. It has become a symbol of Japanese cultural heritage, treasured for its artistic value and sought after as a collector's item in museums and galleries.

One place where you can experience this wonderful glass-engraving technique is at the Sokichi Kiriko Workshop in Taito City - just a short, 30-second walk from Asakusa Station. With a wide variety of options, dozens of glass pattern samples and more than two dozen types of glass to choose from, everyone from beginners to experienced artisans can let their creativity run wild. Instructors will guide you through the process and techniques, ensuring that even those who are just starting out can have a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Reservations are required to participate in this unique craft. The workshop operates on weekdays and holidays, with multiple sessions available throughout the day. If you prefer a more leisurely experience, there is also a 2-hour class option that provides a more relaxed setting.

Prices start at ¥3,630 for adults and ¥2,750 for those under 18, and include one of six types of clear glass. Additional payments are required for extended classes, classes starting after 6:00 p.m., and working with colored glass. You can choose your glass on the day of the class.

To learn more, make a reservation or to inquire about specific details, such as language options, please use the following URL:

Get ready for a 'glass act' at the Sokichi Kiriko workshop in Asakusa! From admiring the stunning beauty of Edo Kiriko to trying your hand at glass cutting, it's a chance to take home a 'cutting-edge' souvenir and immerse yourself in Japanese culture. The beautiful magic of Edo faceting is 'crystal clear' at the Sokichi Kiriko Workshop!

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