Glass animals are designed for a particular purpose: keeping food away from the eyes.
In an attempt to mimic the appearance of glass, the Japanese glass company Kirin decided to produce animal-shaped glass bottles for use in Japanese restaurants.
The first glass animal was created by pouring glass over a piece of wood to create a curved glass bowl.
Glass animals can hold up to 12 liters of liquid.
They are often used to store drinks and snacks, such as sushi, sushi rolls, and ramen.
Kirin, which was founded in 1987 by a group of college students, has a range of glass products, including sushi bowls, salad bowls, sushi sticks, ice cream cones, ice sculptures, ice bars, and other decorative glassware.
Glass animals are sometimes sold as an affordable alternative to glass bottles, but Kirin’s main competitor is Japanese firm Sanyo Glass, which produces animal-shape glass bottles in large numbers.
Sanyos glass animals have a diameter of about one-eighth the size of a regular glass bottle, making them a good choice for making Japanese dishes that look like a bowl.
The company sells a range, including bowls, bowls of noodles, and bowls of steamed rice, and a bowl made with bamboo, wood, and glass.
SANYO sells glass animals in glass containers for about $2,400.
In 2016, the company was acquired by Japanese beverage giant Shiseido.
The new company is trying to regain its position as a leading glass manufacturer.
A large glass bowl made from bamboo and glass, a bowl with bamboo and wooden parts, and two bamboo fish.
Sanyao Glass’ bamboo fish bowl.
Source: Sanyaos Glass’ website