Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks

Refined Kagoshima craftsmanship
Watch master craftsmen blow and cut Satsuma Kiriko crystal glass right before your eyes, then marvel at the pinnacle of Kagoshima’s traditional craftsmanship at the gallery shop next door. See each stage of the production of this unique traditional craft product, and be amazed at the skill and concentration of the craftsmen who make it.

Sparkling crystal glass lost for 100 years

The production of Satsuma Kiriko was started here in 1851 by the 28th head of the Shimadzu family, Nariakira. With the death of Nariakira in 1858, and the destruction of the workshops during the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, production of Satsuma Kiriko was stopped and the glass blowing and cutting techniques were lost for over 100 years.

Rediscovering the secrets of the past

In 1985 Shimadzu Limited began research into reproducing Satsuma Kiriko and built a workshop the following year. After intensive research into the original techniques, production was started, and this previously lost craft was brought back for the world to enjoy. Watch our skilled craftsmen blowing and cutting Satsuma Kiriko up close, and see the production process from moulten glass, to the sparkling finished product.

Opening times
9:00-17:00
Break times
10:00-10:15
15:00-15:15
12:00-13:00
Closed on
Mondays
Third Sunday of each month

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