Master Craftsmanship Recognized Worldwide, Passed Down From Person to Person

In addition to more than 3,000 long-established businesses over 100 years old, Tokyo is home to many treasures created through master craftsmanship, including traditional handicraft, food culture, and services that have existed since the Edo period. These have been passed down unbroken, polished and refined by the land and people of Edo Tokyo and its history. The craftsmanship and personality of excellent handwork made with time and effort are loved by many to this day. 
That said, despite their individuality and appeal of these crafts, many of these businesses are having trouble finding successors, threatened by the gradual decline of these long-cultivated traditions and techniques.
These precious treasures of Edo Tokyo must be handed down by spreading awareness of their existence and appeal throughout the world and having them used in everyday life. 
The Edo Tokyo Kirari Project shines a light on the treasures of Tokyo, including techniques and product rooted in the tradition of Edo Tokyo, and strives to increase their value through this new perspective, spreading awareness throughout the world through effective promotions. 
Through this project, we aim to help revitalize Tokyo, the home of hand craftsmanship, by helping businesses with brilliant techniques make the leap to becoming brands that represent Tokyo, as well as to improve the appeal of traditional industries and help find successors.
>>Edo Tokyo Kirari Project
Edo Kiriko is a traditional glass craft started by Kyubei Kagaya, who ran a glass shop in Odenmacho, Nihonbashi during the late Edo period. Colored glass is layered on the outside of the transparent glass, called irokise (color-covered) glass, then the surface is cut until the transparent glass is visible. The wine glass in the photo on the top left is cut with an original pattern created by Edo Kiriko Shop Hanashyo based on the theme of rice, a staple and symbol of prosperity in Japan.

>>Edo Kiriko Shop Hanashyo

Kumihimo is a plaited cord used in antiquity for belts and scrolls, then later for plated armor, and then in the Edo Period developed into something to tie obi (kimono belts) or as a cord for haori (formal coat). This braiding technique, unlike weaving or knitting, is said to be relatively rare worldwide. Ryukobo is an obi cord and obi sash specialty shop that, in addition to crafting cords using alluring, pure domestic silk, goes beyond the conventional items with the slogan “Japanese style has been developing” to create new products suited to the current times, such as putting kumihimo on pen shafts and bracelets.

>>Ryukobo, Co., Ltd.

Businesses with motivation and passion are forging new paths in the world of hand craftsmanship, with places like Hirose Dyeworks, its roots in kamishimo, the traditional costume of the samurai. It develops modern fashion by applying beautiful small patterns called Edo komon on scarfs and neckties. There is also Ubukeya, a blade shop specializing in the manufacture and sales of wrought blades since 1783.