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 skilled handiwork by first thinly covering the glass prism with red or black urushi lacquer, and then dexterously cutting in a variety of designs.
Yarai 矢来 or Weave ; representing a bamboo guard fence, to bring protection
Shippo 尻尾 referring to the seven treasures of Buddhism ; gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, seashell, coral, and agate
Arare 霰 or Hailstone ; a classic symbol of delicate winter weather - it has a fluttering kind of feeling