From the heart of Tokyo, we bring you traditional glass maker, Hirota Glass. Founded in 1899 by Kinta Hirota, Hirota Glass is now under the direction of its 4th generation, and strives to introduce designs from throughout Japanese history, with a modern appeal.
KIRIKO, or Edo Kiriko 江戸切子, is a style of Japanese glassworks where delicate patterns are cut into the glass by hand. Here, Hirota’s artisans show their dexterous handiwork in their variety of designs.
Rokkaku 六角 or Hexagons ; representing stability and strength
Kiku 菊 or Chrysanthemum ; the symbol of Japanese royalty and rejuvenation
Asa 麻 or Hemp Leaf ; traditional design for healthy growth in children, because the tree grows quickly and straight towards the sky
Sakana 魚 or Fish Scales ; representing perseverance in adversity and good fortune
Shippo 七宝 referring to the seven treasures of Buddhism ; gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, seashell, coral, and agate