Itchudo® is a new Japanese artisanal brand born in 2009 in the prefecture of Iwate, heir to 400 years of craftsmanship and protected know-how.
Itchu-do cast iron products are based on ease of use, aesthetics and simplicity of design. the Itchu-do workshop mixes tradition and modernity without going too much into sophistication and the superfluous. The brand continues to design stylish objects for everyday use.
Founded in 1902 and based in the city of Morioka, Iwachu is the first and most famous producer of cast iron teapots and kitchenware in Japan. Using high quality metal, skilled and experienced craftsmen perform precision gestures to produce a wide range of the highest quality cast iron items. This internationally renowned company combines ancestral know-how with advanced technologies in order to offer its customers products combining design, simplicity of use and ease of maintenance.
Traditional Japanese gastronomy has diversified over the last turbulent centuries. Many types of tea are popular these days; Oolong tea, black tea, herbal tea and many others. The world of tea has also been very diverse and upset. Despite this, we have regularly produced the same high quality tea in Ohkuraen for almost 100 years.
OHKURAEN has been developing a "level of excellence" for 15 years or more.
In addition to sensitive tests carried out by qualified persons, we inspect the components of the tea by analyzing the device and according to the data, define the level of tea, "Grade Tea", according to strict quality standards. We have a very high reputation from inside and outside of Japan for its stable quality.
According to our motto, "Customers love the authentic brand at all times, Ohkuraen has produced and delivered the best of the best quality products to customers with traditional technology and production method."
ＯＨＫＵＲＡＥＮⓇ is the registered trademark for foreign countries.
The company Oiharu, located in the city of Oshu, offers a wide range of cast iron teapots in various shapes and decorations, always made with the skill and refinement that characterize the art "Nambu Tekki".
Appearing more than 900 years ago, the traditional “Nambu Tekki” cast iron boomed during the Edo period, in the Nambu area (also called Morioka).
This part of Japan is nowadays called Iwate prefecture and belongs to the Tohoku region (northeast of the island of Honshu)
In the 17th century, the production of cast iron objects in the region expanded due to an increasing need for tea utensils.
Indeed, it was during this period that the consumption of tea, previously reserved for the wealthiest classes, spread throughout Japanese society and became a common drink.
Having become a local specialty, the art "Nambu Tekki" has acquired great renown thanks to its teapots, of timeless beauty.
Nowadays, the production of cast iron teapots testifies to the sustainability of Japanese know-how, which has managed to maintain its traditions by adapting to modern life.
While retaining the clean lines and the subtle decorations that characterize it, this craft continues to renew itself by offering nuances of contemporary colors and objects that are easy to use in everyday life.
Nanbu metalwork production began around the middle of the 17th century. The Nanbu family, ruling in the present northern part of Iwate Prefecture, built Morioka Castle and invited imoji and kamashi artisans from various places like Kyoto to make Buddhist altar articles, armor and kettles for the tea ceremony.
Roji means “Dew Covered Land” - This is the Japanese term used for the garden one passes through to prepare for the tea ceremony and generally cultivate an air of simplicity. This understanding is reflected in the artistry with which Roji cast iron teapots are created; emphasizing functional beauty and tradition. The Nanbu "tekki" iron kettle was originally designed as a smaller and improved version of the tea kettle in the 18th century.
Since 1975, Nanbu Ironwork has been certified as a Traditional Handicraft of Japan.
Tomioka, K.K. was founded in 1971 and specializes in kaba-zaiku. Kaba-zaiku is a unique Akita craft that has been passed down in Kakunodate since the late 18th century.
Tomioka, as a company, has been a source of transmission of cherry bark craft techniques and hopes to share this precious art with the world for many years to come.
The Yamagata foundries would have been born around 960 years ago. Kikuchi Hojudo started in 1604 with the advent of Kihei Osamu, the first generation of the family, as the founder of Yamagata Castle, Yoshiaki Mogami. The know-how of the first to ninth generations Kihei Osamu, the tenth to twelve generations Unosuke, the thirteenth to fourteenth generations Masamasa Kumaharu, are now passed on to the fifteenth generation. He has received numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the 1926 Universal Expo, the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition, the highest award twice, and the Japan Arts Foundation Award. In addition, the technology for producing Japanese iron pots made from iron and sandy iron since ancient times has been reconstructed with a parent, the Nagano family (now the second generation Nagano Hashi), and the technology has been maintained. steadily today. The modern brand "WAZUQU" of tradition and creativity has won support and praise in Europe and the United States.
Yoshikawa Co., first established itself in the city of Tsubame, in Niigata prefecture in Japan. Their know-how and their growing reputation in the field of artisanal metalworking greatly contributed to the wealth of the city, thus becoming an industrial city. The company's goal is to provide high quality and safe products using sophisticated stainless steel processing technology. and continue to manufacture products with the aim of meeting all the requirements of our customers.
Yoshikawa has successfully developed a range of anti-rust and anti-caking steel works and stoves, which have been heat treated to give them life-long protection. Products guaranteed to be 100% made in Japan.