The clear colors and delicate patterns of Edo-kiriko cut glass date back to 1834 and reflect the quality craftsmanship nurtured in Edo, the former name of Tokyo. Encouraged by the government to further develop this craft, the Shinagawa Glass Factory invited and English engineer, Emmanuel Hauptmann, with expertise in modern glass-cutting techniques, to pass on his knowledge to Japanese trainees in 1881. The resulting elegant, clean designs have made Edo-kiriko world-renowned, and it is still and important and well-respected traditional Japanese art form today.
Cocktails and sake in Aurora Sky Lounge – which just opened in December – are served in Edo-kiriko cut glass ware, as we welcome guests to experience genuine Japanese hospitability.
You can enjoy Japanese Edo-kiriko within the hotel: