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.
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.
Each series of Hirota Glass products has a unique, lovely, beautiful name.
Soba Choko Cups with Lid
For those who appreciate the intricate beauty of Edo Kiriko, the exquisite craftsmanship and unique design of the soba choko cups make it an ideal choice.View Items
Soy Sauce Dispenser
Hirota Glass was the first company to produce the glass soy sauce dispensers with the frosted glass joints that are now the standard. Hirota Glass's soy sauce dispensers are not only beautiful, but also easy to use, and have become long sellers because of their reputation for not leaking or dripping soy sauce.View Items
Four Seasons Color
This series capture the light of the changing seasons, with four colors reminiscent of spring when yellow flowers bloom, summer when green grows, autumn when red colored leaves shine, and winter when the stars twinkle in the midnight blue sky. It is perfect for use as a key feature for the table setting with a seasonal feel.
In the 1980s, Hirota Glass designed "Taisho Roman," a series of reissued products through trial and error in order to revive the "milky white glass" glass production method that dominated the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras.View Items
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.
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" 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.
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).
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.
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.