By Saneyuki Owada.
History of Takaoka metal casting.
Metal casting has long been a treasured skill in Japan, dating back several centuries. As it spells “celebrated” or “long-lived metal” in Chinese characters, skilled craftsmen who can cast anything from agricultural tools to religious ornaments were highly revered by local feudal lords.
Takaoka’s history as one of the country’s largest metal casting production centers began in 1611 when the local feudal lord, Toshinaga Maeda, recruited 7 skilled casters and granted them all the necessities – from a plot of land downtown by a stream, casting facilities, to favorable social benefits – in order to strategically turn the rustic agricultural town into a blossoming industrial hub. Located along Toyama Bay that opens to the Sea of Japan in the country’s central region, the town was ideal for transporting both the raw material and finished products from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu and beyond in the south.
Thanks to the generous investment from the Maeda family, Takaoka’s casting industry found success at first from making agricultural tools and pots when the country was still unsettled from the unification in 1603, graduating to more ornamental products like religious ornaments, vases and statues in the early 18th century – a period which coincided with the achievement of nation-wide stability and peace. The fine quality and abundant production of premium copper and brass ornamental casting earned Takaoka’s products fame around the country, and the town boasted the largest number of casters in all of Japan by the 18th century.
Using its experience and skill to produce brass Buddhist gongs, Nosaku turned this traditional ornament into a wind chime that produces a pristine sound. Would like to calm yourself with Nousaku wind bell? You can actually hear the sound.
Using its experience and skill to produce brass Buddhist gongs, Nosaku turned this traditional ornament into a wind chime that produces a pristine sound.
This sake pitcher, made with pure tin, makes sake and water taste mild and its great heat conductivity keeps sake cold within a few minutes of chilling in the fridge. The finely-calculated design enables easy pouring without unwanted drips. The pleasing round shape adds extra charm on the table and makes dining or drinking more enjoyable. The pitcher can also be used for various liquids, from liquor to sauce.
In collaboration with traditional gold leaf crafters in nearby Kanazawa city, the inside of each pitcher is lined with gorgeous gold leaf by hand.
Bamboo sake set Produced by maestro Mikio Nonaga, the chef of prestigious restaurant “Nihonbashi Yukarino” that serves traditional Japanese cuisine in Nihonbashi, this set serves sake with elegance. Each cup and pitcher is personally hammered by finishing specialist Kenji Mizumaki of Takaoka city to give it an extraordinary touch.
Sake Pitcher (Holds 220ml. Material: Tin.)
Large Sake Cup (Holds 50ml. Material: Tin.)
Comes in a paulownia wood box.
Nousaku Beer Cup 380cc
Made with pure tin, this dimpled cup makes beer taste mild and delicious, as well as give it a creamy beer head. The beautiful sandy finish gives this simple cup an exceptional presence. Chill the whole cup before serving to keep the beer cold. It is great for both casual and formal occasions to serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks alike.
Sake Ewer L
One of the most traditional and orthodox ways of warming up sake is to use an ewer to dip it in hot water.
The great heat conductivity of tin enables a quick warm-up, and makes it easy to control the temperature of the sake to your preference. This ewer also makes a perfect pitcher for cold or warm liquids, alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
Chopstick Rest – “8”- set of 5
This bendable chopstick rest designed in the shape of the number “8” – regarded as a prosperous number in Japan – can be made into dozens of different shapes depending on how you bend it. Let your imagination run free – use it as a cutlery rest, decorative object or even a card holder – and let its versatility stimulate your creativity.
Cutlery Rest – Auspicious Omens Motif- set of 5
This decorative set of cutlery rest is designed with auspicious omen motifs: southern sky, tortoise shell, plum flower, blue waves and gourd. Bend it in half and use it to rest cutlery for a special lunch or dinner.
Nousaku KAGO -Square-L
Using the characteristic softness of pure tin, this initially flat web can be bent into a basket to serve fruits or bread at a party, or to decorate a bouquet of flowers or photographs. Its simple yet imaginative property makes this basket great to have around the house, and as a wonderful surprise gift as well.