Nosaku - Tin Tableware
NOUSAKU began manufacturing in 1916, using casting techniques handed down over 400 years in Takaoka. In its earliest days, they made Buddhist altar fittings, tea utensils, and flower vases, later adding table wares, home accessories, lighting shades, and decorative parts to its lineup.
Fine appearance of wind bells and table wares are due to their advanced casting technique and refined finishing. The company’s challenges toward new business fields (ex.medical) are also ongoing. Flexible staffing and local network enables them to further spend time on research and refinement of the process, as well as responding to various requirements. Their mission is not only to clarify social significance of themselves in this civilized consumer society, but also to explore opportunities and meanings of handicrafts for future generations.
Tin 100% Katakuchi and Cup
(Decanta of Sake)
Tin (100% tin)
Known as the mot expensive metal after gold and silver, tin is very malleable and flexible. Though having nearly the whiteness of silver, it does not rust easily nor will air tarnish it readily. It is significantly antibacterial, and also known as a material with low allergic reactivity and high heat conductivity.
Its history dates back to around 100 B.C. when the ancient Egyptian pharaohs were believed to have used tin tools. The Shoso-in Temple in Japan also contains treasures made of tin.
It has been believed that water in a tin container does not spoil, and tin removes excessive bitterness from sake and produces better taste. For these reasons, tin has traditionally been used to enjoy sake and tea.
NOSAKU uses pure tin. It is common to add other metallic materials to provide durability and facilitate cutting work, but NOSAKU uses tin without such additives. Accumulated experience of skilled craftsmen enables them to produce these unique items.