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The founder of Kagami Crystal, Kozo Kagami, worked for a subsidiary of South Manchuria Railway Company in the 1920s, when a modern glassware craftsmanship was not yet established in Japan. In 1927 he went to Germany with an aspiration to study crystal glassware processing techniques, especially copper-wheel engraving. After returning to Japan, he established Kagami Crystal Co., Ltd. in Kamata, Tokyo in 1934. It was Japan's first crystal glass factory equipped with an integrated production system. He committed himself for bringing out the full potential of transparent beauty of the crystal glass and succeeded in transforming it into art based on the techniques and skills he had learned, combined with a desire for creating art. His progress was recognized by numerous awards and accolades, beginning with a Silver medal awarded at the Paris World Expo in 1937, a medal of honor at the New York World Expo in 1939, and the Grand Prize conferred at the Brussels World Expo in 1958 to name only a few. Kozo Kagami's life, the company's progress to the present day and the development of high-quality Japanese crystal glass are closely intertwined.