132
3
9

南部鉄器

Nambu ironware

Ironware called Nambu Tekki epitomizes the endurance of traditional Japanese brands. This celebrated local specialty was developed during the Edo period in Nambu Domain (also known as Morioka Domain), which is now Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region. Nambu Tekki traces its origins back to the 17th century, maintaining its traditions while meeting the challenges of modern design. It now includes contemporary color variations and new styles adapted to use with popular IH (induction heating) systems.

Simple design and subtle decoration give Nambu Tekki its distinctive character. Production of this traditional ironware began as a result of growing need for tea utensils, which is why it is often identified with the tetsubin (iron kettle) and kyusu (teapot). A minute dot pattern called arare is painstakingly produced by manual labor. You can see this precision process at the factory of Iwachu, the leading manufacturer of Nambu Tekki, where sophisticated craftsmen bring expert skill and intense concentration to creation of state-of-the-art ornamentation.

High-quality iron is the main material of Nambu Tekki. Since this ironware dissolves bivalent iron into boiled water, it helps supplement iron in the diet. It’s said that this ironware effectively removes chlorine from tap water and gives it a mellow taste. Thus, this traditional design combines high performance with unexpected practical benefits.

The internal surface of some new Nambu Tekki designs is enamel coated because some consumers — particularly in countries outside Japan — may prefer not to use a bare iron surface. However, if you want to enjoy the essence of Nambu Tekki, uncoated ironware is recommended. There’s no need to worry about corrosion because an oxide film forms on the inner surface during the traditional finishing process of kamayaki-shiage (kiln firing), helping to prevent rusting.

Nambu Tekki ironware reflects traditions forged by master artisans, yet fitted to modern living. May it serve you well.

IWACHU
http://iwachu.co.jp/

Ornament pressing process adds decorative dots on the outside of the ironware.

Iron in the fusion process

Pouring melted iron into an ironware mold.

Cooling iron is now shaped into ironware.

Ironware is removed from the mold. After kiln firing, the ironware goes through a finishing process like polishing.

Colorizing process follows polishing. Urushi (ivy resin) lacquer is manually applied with a brush.

Finely detailed arare pattern

Officially approved Traditional Craftsman Shigeki Mizusawa (of Iwachu Company) holds the honorary title of third-generation Kiyosue.

2014-03-01 20:04:32
IS JAPAN COOL? SHOPPING http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/shopping/
Kimono
着物
Cosmetics
化粧品
Japanese knives
包丁
Wrapping
ラッピング
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Shrine visit
参拝
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Yakatabune
屋形船
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Public market
公設市場
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Sanshin
三線
Japan
Hakuohki
Japan
Final Fantasy VI
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Japan
(Original)
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Introducing Japan’s latest arts to the world.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Café from another world
純喫茶
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE CAKES
URUSHI
漆芸
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
TABAIMO
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
YAYOI KUSAMA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
KENDO
剣道
SADO
茶道
SHODO
書道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人