Iwate is located in the north of mainland Japan and there are still many craftsmen living in that area. That area is especially famous for sand casting products called Nanbu-tekki (南部鉄器).
Internationally renowned Finnish designer, Mr. Harri Koskinen, collaborated with a company in Iwate to create new products from the local crafts. The Iwatemo project started in 2016 from the research process e.g. learning the local history and the traditional crafting techniques etc.
The history of nanbu-tekki sand casting ironware dates back to Edo period (16th to 19th century) and Iwatemo kettles are made by Sankyo Kinzoku Inc. in this area.
The typical products they produce are iron kettles and they are usually round shapes due to the limitation of the manufacturing procedure i.e. round shape is obviously easier to make with the sand casting technique, but what Mr. Harri Koskine proposed was very unusual square shape kettle.
Size : W19 x D16 x H20cm
Volume : 1000ml
The hot water boiled in this kettle becomes mild and soft in texture, and you can also take iron, which requires daily intake for human body to maintain good health.
The design itself looks very simple, but the square design is rather hard to make compared to the round ones, so this design is very evolutional and marked an important significance to the history of nanbu-tekki, I believe.
The price is 38,400yen+tax.
He also collaborated with the local porcelain craftsmen, Tourai, who make the products all by hand using potter’s wheels.
Those products made using the potter’s wheels are obviously different from those mass produced with molds. Although the products made by Tourai look all identical (when the same products are made) because they are highly skilled craftsmen, when you look closely, you can tell that they are not totally the same, but slightly different and when you touch them by hands, you can somewhat feel that difference. This type of slight difference in shapes provides a sense of warmth and comfort, I reckon.
This is a set of bottle and cup.
The bottle holds 200ml and the cup is 70ml. Relatively small sized, but they can be used for serving sake. This size is also useful for bedside drinking and also for drinking water while you are at a desk studying or working.
This bottle and cup set comes in the larger size of 500ml (bottle) and 150ml (cup).
This size is useful for sharing drinks with a small group of people at a small party or like a meeting at an office etc.
These cups can be individually purchased.
The prices are
Bottle and cup set S 4,900yen+tax
Bottle and cup set L 8,400yen+tax
Cup S 1,870yen+tax
Cup L 2,200yen+tax
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.
Please choose the one you want to purchase and we will calculate the cost of EMS (we normally provide cheaper option if it is available) and we will request the payment with PayPal to you by email. We will send it to you right after we confirm your payment.
For domestic delivery within Japan, the shipping cost is only 648yen and it is free when the total goes over 10,800yen.
Contact address is info(at)mabysoshite.com (please change the (at) to @).
Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama, Tokyo.
How to visit us in Tokyo?
The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro. (Exit 1b has currently been closed for the refurbishment, so please use exit 1 instead).
Gaienmae station is only 2 stops away from Shibuya.
If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!
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Tokyo Japan 107–0062
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.
Buy online in Japan (only Japanese online stores are available)
We have online stores for the domestic customers. If you live in Japan and read Japanese, you can purchase from those online stores.
Bottle and cup S https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/maaoyama/236-3-1.html
Bottle and cup L https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/maaoyama/236-3-3.html
Bottle and cup S http://www.aoyamamarket.com/ma/kitchen-cups/IS-0603HK.html
Bottle and cup L http://www.aoyamamarket.com/ma/kitchen-cups/IS-0601HK.html