Kiriko is the Japanese name for cut glass. It is used for different types of vessels, such as choko and guinomi cups and wine glasses, but is mainly used for cold sake.
It originated from European cut glass. It is said that it has its roots in 1834 when craftsmen in Edo carved glass products imported from overseas.
Most well-known Edo kiriko has a wide variety of patterns including Shippo (linked oblongs), Kiku-tsunagi (linked chrysanthemums), and Nanako (fish scales). The addition of the technology of modern craftsmen helped develop new designs.
By pouring sake, the surface of the vessel with precise and delicate cuts glistens and adds spice to the flavor of the beverage.