The history of glass bead making in Japan is very short. It started in the Hiroshima Fukuyama area in the beginning of the Showa era (1930s)as a “Mom-and-Pop” business. The Toho company was started on Nov.3rd, 1951.
These beautiful glass beads have a very consistent size and shape. Toho’s size 15/0 round (rocaille) glass seed beads measure approximately 1.5mm in diameter and 1.3mm in width.