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Cloisonne Enamelware

Shippou is a traditional craft where enamel (powdered glass) is used to decorate objects made of materials such as gold, silver, or bronze, which are then fired in a high-temperature kiln. The history of Tokyo Shippou has its roots in the beginning of the Edo Period, when Hikoshiro Hirata learned the art of cloisonne enamelware from a Korean visitor to Japan, and began to apply color to the depressions in various objects. Hikoshiro left a legacy of many famous works as a master shippou craftsman working in the service of the Tokugawa Shogunate. In 1873, the newly formed Meiji Government requested that the Mint produce medals for a Japanese honor system. They turned to Haruyuki Hirata, then head of the Hirata School, who created a prototype of what would eventually become Japan’s first order: the Order of the Rising Sun. Currently shippou techniques are used to make badges, emblems, and other decorative accessories.

Tokyo-Shippou Craftsman

Hiroshi Hatakeyama

2002 Works are designated a Traditional Craft of Tokyo
2004 Awarded the Director-General Prize of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs for the 1st Tokyo Shippou Contest
2005 Recognized as a Traditional Craftsman of Tokyo
Works are exhibited at the 3rd Tokyo Shippou Exhibition held at the All Japan Traditional Crafts Center
2008 Appointed Chairman of the Tokyo Shippou Industry Association
2009 Recognized as the Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property by the city of Arakawa




Colorful, translucent Shippou accessories have captured the attention and imagination of young Japanese women. Out of the 12 ateliers that produce Tokyo Shippou, Hiroshi Hatakeyama’s was the first to apply the tradition to accessory-making—an idea he stumbled upon when brainstorming for new product ideas encapsulating the Hatakeyama Shippou Seisakusho aesthetic, which is characterized by the widest selection of colors available available for use. His accessories allow light to filter through like stained glass—made possible by Hatakeyama’s speciality, totai-shippou (plique-à-jour), a method mastered by few artists around the world. Instead of applying the enamel to the surface of the metal, a filigree wire framework with no backing is inlayed with enamel, which is held in place by surface tension. More recently, Hatakeyama collaborated with young designers to make the “Tokyo Cabochon” ring, which received a Good Design Award in 2013. The round polished rings’ bold designs are masterfully handcrafted. “I want to keep trying new things to pass on an appreciation for the shippou tradition to the next generation,” says Hatakeyama. No doubt he’s just getting started.

Hatakeyama Shippou Seisakusho


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