Satsuma Kiriko Glass

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Decorative Japanese Glassware | Kagoshima

Decorative Japanese Glassware | Kagoshima

Satsuma Kiriko Glass is a type of glassware produced in Kagoshima Prefecture. Satsuma Kiriko is known for its delicate, overlaid beautiful colored glass. It was first produced during the Edo period by the powerful Satsuma Clan. Feudal lord Shimazu Narioki gathered glass craftsmen who created the Satsuma Kiriko glass. He and his son Nariakira were very proud of the glassware but when Nariakira passed away, the production of Satsuma Kiriko also ceased in the early Meiji period. It was not until 1985 when a researcher and an artisan got together with a glass factory and successfully reproduced the glassware. Today, Satsuma Kiriko is made reproducing old styles of Satsuma Kiriko while also incorporating new colors and designs. With stunning designs and breathtaking cuts, Kiriko Glass continues to be a cherished souvenir from Japan.

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