History of Takaoka copper works
Takaoka douki (copper works) started when a Kaga daimyo, Toshinaga MAEDA(1562-1614), summoned seven casters to the Kanaya-machi of Takaoka City to promote the area’s prosperity in 1611 (Keicho 16).
At first, it started as art and craft work presented to the feudal lord. It, then, became widely popular in and outside of Japan as producing Buddhist altar equipment, pots and kettles, vases, tea utensils, and decorations.
About Sano Masa Seisakusho
There used to be over 50 cast iron workshops, but only one company, Sano Masa Seisakusho, remains in Takaoka city to the present day. They have mainly been making Buddhist altar equipments, but they have teamed up with Mr. Fujii of atelier libero to create this beautiful wall ornament series ‘Hamon’.
Hamon wall ornament
‘Hamon’ means ripple in English and the waves are symbolically designed with dots.
It comes in four different designs with black, green and red colors.
The size is 19.5cm x 19.5cm x 2.5cm.
You can create the larger wall ornament using 1/4 hamon plates to form one large Hamon on the wall.
The prices are all 12,000yen+tax.
(Delivery date: it generally takes 3 weeks after confirming your payment)
You can also find the actual products at MA by So Shi Te in Aoyama store.
How they are made
The technique used for creating these plates is sand casting.
Sand is packed around an original pattern which is made of metal for making a sand mold. The sand is tamped down to provide the upper and bottom mold with adequate strength. The pattern is then removed, leaving a negative form in the mold. Then the molten metal is poured into the mold.
The molded product is, then, thoroughly polished.
They are,then, coated with traditional coating methods.
Tax Free Shopping
When the total of your purchase exceeds over 5,000yen, you can claim for tax free shopping. We need your passport to do that, so please do not forget to bring it with you, when you visit our store in Tokyo.
How to purchase them?
You can either visit our store in Tokyo or you can send us emails and we can send them overseas by EMS or send them to those designated hotels or places within Japan where you specify after confirming your payment.
For domestic delivery within Japan, it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Please note that it takes about 3 weeks to prepare this products, so if you want to purchase them, please let me know 3 weeks in advance.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station （外苑前駅）Exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro. When you walk up the stairs of the exit 1b, you just need to walk straight for about 100m and our store is on the right side of the street on the ground floor.
Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya on Tokyo Metro Ginza line.
If you are a visitor, please bring your passport, so you can enjoy tax free shopping!
You can also find a map on our HP!
MA by So Shi Te
2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,
Tokyo Japan 107–0062