Established in 1946 as a subcontractor to the major glass maker Edo Kiriko, Hanashyo is now in its third generation creating original designs.
Edo Kiriko (Japanese Cut Glass) dates back to 1834 in the Edo period. In the first generation, Kumakura Shigeru was a skilful craftsman and mainly worked producing products for export. The pattern of Edo Kiriko is used by combining familiar traditional Japanese patterns such as Yahata, Chrysanthemum, hemp leaf patterns amongst others found in traditional Japanese kimonos.
Hanashyo create their own range as well as supply designs for Edo Kiriko. Additionally, they focus on the education of their master artisan skills, opening Edo Kiriko workshops at Terakoya (private educational institution) and actively working on nurturing the next generation.
Hanashyo's artisans continue to value traditional designs while creating their own unique patterns. Each glass is crafted with 256 small cuts in the shape of rice grains made by an experienced craftsman.
Their wine glasses, which featured a ‘Kome Tsunagi’ (rice chain) pattern, were selected to be presented as gifts at the G8 Summit in Lake Toyako in 2008 displaying the high quality of Japanese craftsmanship.