Hirota Glass
“Glassware of Tokyo”

Hirota Glass is one of the oldest glass makers in Tokyo, founded in 1899. Based on the data of designs handed down to the company since its foundation, Hirota Glass has continued to produce a series of products that harmonize with contemporary home décor, while inheriting the traditional techniques of Japanese glassblowing and Edo Kiriko.

About Hirota Glass

History of Hirota Glass

When Hirota Glass was founded, Japan was in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). It was also the era of Japan's Industrial Revolution, and the townscapes of Japan became increasingly Westernized.


Arts and crafts, architectures, and designs of Japanese and Western cultures blended together, and by the Taisho Period (1912-1926), the "Taisho Romanticism", a style of aesthetics unique to that era, was born.

As time passed, Tatsuo HIROTA, the third director of Hirota Glass, started to revive the classic style of glassware that was popular in the Taisho Period since 2002. Now the exotic charm of Taisho Romanticism aesthetics has been passed down to the present Hirota Glass.

Product Series of Hirota Glass

Each series of Hirota Glass products has a unique, lovely, beautiful name.

Bamboo

This series is designed in the shape and color of bamboo, a plant representative of Asia. These sake pitchers and sake cups are perfect for adding an oriental atmosphere to your home decor while giving a contemporary impression.

View Items

Arare

The word "arare" means hail. By carving fine diamond-like patterns of Kiriko (glass cutting) on the bottom of the sake carafe or sake cup, it adds a beautiful effect of hailstones falling on the poured sake.

View Items

Tsubomi and Hana

This series was created as the ultimate glass for enjoying Japanese sake. The “Tsubomi”, meaning "Bud” glass is for junmai sake, which has a rich flavor, and the “Hana” means “Flower”, glass is for sake called “Daiginjo", the most aromatic of all sake.

View Items

Taisho Roman

This is one of Hirota Glass's most popular series, featuring patterns of clear glass and milky white glass. Only antique stores or Hirota Glass can offer the glassware with searing technique of milky white glass, which was popular in the Meiji and Taisho periods.

Karai

Meaning "flower bud," the products of this name are, as the name suggests, elegantly shaped like a bud of flowers. This glassware series are also combines traditional techniques and designs such as Edo Kiriko, essence of Taisho Romanticism, and “Kan-nyu” which Edo Glass technique that creates ice-like patterns.

Chirori

“Chirori" is a unique Japanese tool made of tin or copper for heating sake, but Hirota Glass has created a beautiful glass version. This series is made of heat-resistant glass and can be used both hot and cold.

Yukinohana

Means “Snow Flower”, is a Japanese word that expresses the image of snow crystals or snowdrops blooming in the snowfall. This is an emotional series made using the same molds that have been used by Hirota Glass since the Showa Period (1926-1989).

Uruoshi

It is a Japanese word meaning "water moisture”. It is a series of glass bottles made of highly transparent glass with a pure, clear atmosphere with a unique form.

Kagome

It is the name of a traditional Japanese pattern, meaning the mesh of a basket woven of bamboo, and has been an emblem to repel evil since ancient times. This product is a reproduction of an excellent piece of pressed glass (“Oshigata”) remaining from Hirota Glass's 50-year catalog.

Recently viewed