Department: Japanese Craft


NOUSAKU - Tin items with a Superbly Unique Texture

NOUSAKU began manufacturing Buddhist altar fittings in 1916, using casting techniques handed down over 400 years in Takaoka. Founded by Toshinaga Maeda, lord of the Kaga Clan, in Toyama Prefecture in 1609, Takaoka City has built a reputation as a center of industry. Each NOUSAKU product is made using advanced techniques. Employing casting methods and metals (such as tin, brass, bronze, and aluminum) selected to suit the purpose and the product; they create products with a superbly unique texture. In our earliest days, NOUSAKU made Buddhist altar fittings, tea sets, and flower vases, later adding tableware, interior products, and construction metals to its lineup. They continue to preserve the values of Takaoka Copper as traditional craft.

Traditional approaches to creation

NOUSAKU still receives orders for Buddhist altar fittings, tea sets, and flower vases, capitalization on the casting, finishing, and coloring techniques developed over Takaoka's 400-years history. Many of these cast metal products possess a traditional, decorative beauty, which often require extremely refined and precise processing techniques despite their seemingly simple appearance. NOUSAKU respects the wisdom of its ancestors, and preserves traditional methods while seeking to create new tradition.

New approaches to creation - NOUSAKU takes on new creative challenges themed by material, technique, and design. They recently began projects that collaborate actively with designers to produce new products. In terms of technique, their main features include products made from 100% pure tin- renowned for the processing challenges it entails - a hairline finish on brass that requires extremely sophisticated skills, and silicon casting that can create expressive details. NOUSAKU not only maintains and preserves tradition; we constantly pursue innovation.

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