TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT

Through the long history from Edo to Tokyo, numerous heritages have been handed down in the city. The Edo Tokyo Kirari Project highlights the appeals of things “made in Tokyo” that evolve to fit modern lifestyles.

PROJECTS

FASHION

01

Hirose Dyeworks

Founded in 1918, Hirose Dyeworks has specialized in dyeing Edo Komon patterns for over a century. Edo Komon is a type of kimono patterns that originates from samurai’s ceremonial clothes. Patterns are consistently very fine—so fine ...

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02

Isehan-Honten

Omotesando in Tokyo is one of the world’s leading fashion streets, from which the latest styles and trends spread out to the world. Running in tandem with it is so-called “Antique Street,” on which are cutting-edge boutiques and caf...

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03

Porter Classic

Sensoji Temple is one of Tokyo’s most important historical landmarks known for its Kaminari-mon gate and Nakamise Street. Asakusa, the area around the temple, still has the atmosphere of a traditional town of merchants and craftsmen...

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04

Ryukobo

In combining different pieces when putting on kimono, the wearer’s sense of style is best shown in her choice of obiage (a decorative cloth to cover an obi bustle) and obijime (a decorative band to tie over obi to keep obi in place)...

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FOOD

05

Yamamoto Noriten

Yamamoto Noriten enjoyed a loyal patronage of the people of Edo, so much so that since its founding in 1849 people said, “When it comes to nori, it’s Yamamoto.” In 1869, exactly 20 years since the company’s opening, the household of...

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06

Japan Culinary Academy Tokyo Committee

The Japan Culinary Academy has as its purpose to spread Japanese cuisine around the world, while at the same time handing down traditional Japanese food culture to posterity intact. Its three major activities are to promote dietary ...

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07

Ameya Eitaro

In the initial year of Bunsei in the Edo period (1818), Tokubei Hosoda, who had been a confections vendor in Hanno, successfully opened his store in Edo with his two grandchildren. Initially, using the store name Izutsuya, he create...

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life

08

Ubukeya

Ubukeya, specializing in the manufacture and sale of knives, scissors and other bladed goods forged in the traditional manner and hand-sharpened, was founded in 1783. The original workshop and store was named Ubukeya after its reput...

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09

Edo Kiriko’s Shop Hanashyo

Hanashyo, the manufacturer and seller of edo kiriko, has a relatively large staff for an edo kiriko workshop of 13. It does everything, from the product designing to production to sales, in house, without turning to any external des...

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10

Nakamura

Noren, curtains bearing a family crest or a store name printed large on them and hung at the front of Japanese stores, are iconic objects. Their origins are considered to be traced back to the Yayoi era, when they were used as sun a...

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11

Kimoto Glass Tokyo

Kimoto Glass Tokyo has seen the glass industry inside and out during its 80-year operations since its founding as a glass wholesaler. Pressured by cheaper imports, the Japanese glass industry has been shrinking year after year. As m...

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