A glass craft born in Edo, present Tokyo. The name Edo Kiriko is exclusive to the hand cut glass that is made in designated areas around the east part of Tokyo.

The first Edo Kiriko was said to be glass engraving using powdered abrasive made in late Edo Era (1603 – 1868). In early Meiji Era (1868 – 1912), the new government established a glass manufacturing site and invited an English cut glass engineer as an advisor. A dozen Japanese artisans learned from him and the traditional glass craft techniques still used today was developed.

In1985, Edo Kiriko was certified as a traditional craft of Tokyo and in 2002, designated by Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry as a traditional craft.

Originally it was transparent cut glass, but today, colored glass introduced in Meiji Era seems to be the representative style. By engraving the colored outer layer of double layered glassware, transparent inner layer depicts patterns. Thin and bright colored layer and the delicate cuts are characteristics of Edo Kiriko. Besides traditional Japanese patterns, new designs are produced by each artisan. There are two types of glass materials used for Edo Kiriko. Crystarl glass, mainly for valuable pieces is heavy and have higher clarity. On the other hand soda glass is comparatively light and tough.