Edo Kiriko, Long Wine Glass, kometsunagi, lapis lazuli, blue, Hanasho, traditional craft, handmade, souvenir, gift, order-made, G8 Toyako Summit '08
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Kome tsunagi (rice links) is Hanashyo's state-of-the-art technique that was featured on the glasses presented to state guests attending the Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
The cut, which resembles "grains of rice," is simple yet brilliant.
The technique also holds the idea of prosperity. Products made using this cut are extremely popular as overseas gifts.
Lead-time: 1 months
Colour: lapis lazuli (blue)
Size: H20 cm × W6.5 cm × D6.5 cm
Hanashyo, a manufacturer and seller of Edo kiriko, does everything from product design through to production and sales on their own. Hanashyo is characterized by its practice of energetically creating its own designs as well as using traditional ones. Itogiku tsunagi (thread chrysanthemum links), which are far finer and more precise than those of other Edo kiriko workshops, and the kome tsunagi (rice links) that adorned the glasses used in an automobile manufacturer's TV commercials and which were presented to state guests attending the Hokkaido Toyako Summit, are two examples of Hanashyo's signature design.
The fact that the entire process is done by hand is the key in telling the story of Hanashyo's Edo kiriko. Today, most Edo kiriko workshops employ acid polishing in the grinding process, which uses chemicals such as sulphuric acid and hydrogen fluoride. Hanashyo, however, takes great pride in finishing its Edo kiriko by hand polishing.
The reason Hanashyo's Edo kiriko is full of originality and modern allure becomes clear when one sees the craftspersons working at the workshop. While this industry is affected by the serious ageing of craftspersons and a lack of business successors, Hanashyo's craftspersons are mostly in their 20s to 40s. Inheriting traditional techniques as well as adding new innovation, their approach is full of creative sensibilities. In 2010, Hanashyo opened Japan's first Edo kiriko school hosted by its craftspersons HANASHYO'S, for the further development of Japan's glasswork culture. The school offers various courses from the introductory level to professional development, focusing on keeping the Edo kiriko techniques alive among younger generations.