Hirota Glass was established in 1899 in Sumida Ward, a district of Tokyo that retains a folksy downtown appearance, that is around 1km south of Tokyo Sky Tree. Hirota Glass has produced lamps, dishes and daily items that are made by glass. In recent years, they have been focusing on producing Edo Kiriko glass, a craft that has been brought up since ancient times in this area.
Kiriko is glass that is engraved with cut patterns and Edo Kiriko, with its 200 year history, has been certified as a national traditional craft.
"We are manufacturing items, bringing sophisticated Edo aesthetics and keeping them handmade, taking advantage of high skills of craftsmanship. Cut glass crafts are found in many regions in the world, however, we feel that Japanese traditional crafts are highly acclaimed at overseas exhibitions." says Tatsuo Hirota, the president.
It seems that their mission is to bring the beauty of Edo kiriko to the world.