Renowned glass company, Hirota Glass Co. began in 1899 in the Sumida ward of outer Tokyo. Founder, Kinta Hirota, started his 100-year-old business manufacturing drinking glasses and later, with the rise in popularity of loose wrapped candy in the 1920s: candy jars.
While new designs are still being developed today, Hirota continues to mine its répertoire of beloved designs to produce glassware like Hirota’s Taisho period opalescent glasses (1910-1926) made in varying patterns of milky white hues, perfect for cold sake drinks or cold tea, or Hirota’s Showa era drinking glasses with thick textured sides and heft, perfect for a warm coffee or tea on a cold day.
The start-to finish- handmade process of Hirota Glass makes for the highest quality possible and the total artistry expresses a sense of warmth when touched or seen on the dining table. Current head Tatsuaki Hirota boldly continues the legacy of his great, great, great grandfather creating glassware that captures Japan’s rich cultural epochs for the modern household.