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"Founded in 1899, we are the oldest glassmaker in Tokyo. The manufacture of glass tableware in Japan goes back to the Edo period (1603-1867). During the Meiji period (1868-1912), the Japanese government established and operated the Shinagawa Glass Factory.
After that, glass factories opened one after another in downtown Tokyo. Hirota Glass was among the earliest. Glassmaking in Tokyo flourished and fused traditional European techniques with the soul of Japanese aesthetics.
After World War II, mass production by mechanization became the mainstream for glassmaking. However, Hirota Glass produces only handcrafted glassware, keeping the generational company creed, “We want to make products possessing warmth and appeal to people’s sensibility.” Hirota artisans inherit traditional handicraft techniques such as Edo Kiriko, finely cut glass, and Edo Glass, the local Tokyo style. Based on rare glassworks, designs, and materials handed down since the establishment of the company, we create products which harmonize with both the experience of eating and the atmosphere of the modern home."