Let’s experience traditional craft piece making rich in Japanese flavor!

Let’s experience traditional craft piece making rich in Japanese flavor!

Traditional craftwork is something which was passed on through generations in the local area cultivated by its unique history and background. There are forty traditional craftwork the metropolitan Tokyo has designated as its official creative assets. Here are facilities and organizations providing opportunities for people to hand-make those craft pieces. 

Edo-kiriko glass


Edo-kiriko is an unique style of glass cutting where “Suki-garasu (transparent glass)” is carved by gold disk or rub stone. The basic pattern of Edo-kiriko is the “Yarai Monyo” pattern where diagonal lines are embedded with equal intervals. “Sasanoha Monyo” (bamboo leaf pattern)’s motif is as the name suggests bamboo leaves, and “Hakkaku Kagome Monyo”’s inspiration comes from bamboo basket. Nowadays, we see many glasses using colour added glass materials, not the suki-glass, the original crystal glass used in old days. Sumida Edo-kiriko Museum is offering Edo-kiriko making workshop where you get to carve some kiriko patterns on your chosen glass for 3657 yen onwards. 

Sumida Edo-kiriko Museum 

Address: 2-10-9 Taihei, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0012

TEL: 03-3623-4148



EDO TSUMAMI KANZASHI (ornamental hairpin) 

 EDO TSUMAMI KANZASHI (ornamental hairpin)

Edo Tsumami Kanzashi is ornamental hairpin using traditional method of folding clothes to create nature inspired shapes of flowers and birds etc.. Many small square pieces of thin close “Habutae” is folded neatly using a pair of tweezers and things like a petal of a flower are crated. Those little pieces are put together to create the final shapes of the birds and flowers. It’s all hand-made, done purely by a pair of tweezers, and this delicate ornamental hairpin is used by Maiko-san, apprentice geisha girls. Tsumami Kanzashi Museum in Takadanobaaba is offering workshop where you get to make on yourself. 


Address: 401 Hills ISHIDA, 4-23-28 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-0075 

TEL: 03-3361-3083

Free admission


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EDO BEKKOU (tortoiseshell) 

EDO BEKKOU (tortoiseshell)


Bekkou is item made from tortoiseshell of a particular kind of sea turtle called hawksbill turtle. Trained artisan draw the design on a tortoiseshell, then cut it into the shape and let it go through various processing steps. It will then be wedged between two plates of willow and heated and put together by a gold plate. The put-together one will then be shaved by blades and knives and polished by buffing at the end. In Tokyo, you can find its necklace, broach, eyeglass-frame, kanzashi (ornamental hairpin), obidome (a string tied around the waist to fix obi in wearing kimono), plectrum for shamisen guitar etc.. Edo-bekko making workshop is conducted at various places in Tokyo including “Osawa Bekkou” in Bunkyo-ku, “Akatsuka Bekkou Seisakujo” in Taito-ku, “Isogai Bekkou specialty store” in Sumida-ku etc.. 


Address: 3-37-15 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0022

TEL: 03-3823-0038


Address: 7-6-7 Taninaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo 

TEL: 03-3828-7957

ISOGAI BEKKOU specialty store

Address: 2-5-5 Yokozuna, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0015

TEL: 03-3625-5875

Yunosuke Kamiki

A concierge for visiting Japan. He visits every corner of Japan to discover unique charms of various regions.

He is the editor chief of a multi-language web-magazine targeting foreign tourist visiting Japan. He is crisscrossing the nation relentlessly to dig up so many yet-to-be-discovered charms and beauties of various region, of landscape, food culture and manufacturing.
His biggest joy is to invite tourists who came from overseas to together enjoy special Japanese sake he loves and seasonal food he coordinates.

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