Japanese production of glass seed beads began at the beginning of the Showa Period. Mid 1930's, Miyuki was founded in Hiroshima, and quickly became a renowned glass seed bead manufacturer.
"Seed Bead" is a generic term for any small bead. There are various types in shape and size such as Round, Cylinder (Delica), Hexagon, Bugle, Triangle, Drop, etc. Plenty variety of seed beads are used in a multiplicity of ways to create works satisfactorily.