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With its founding in 1916 Nousaku Corporation started by producing cast metal in Takaoka City (Toyama Prefecture), which has flourished as a center of industry over the last 400 years. The manufacturing process involves a technique called Chuzo (casting) pouring the molten metal into a mold with a hollow cavity of the desired shape allowing it to solidify. The finished metal ware is then called Imono (cast metal).

After its establishment Nousaku first started manufacturing Buddhist altar fittings, tea sets and flower vases, but had to make additions to their lineup due to lifestyle changes of today's society. That's why Nousaku started to expand their assortment of goods with tableware, bells and other interior goods at beginning of the 21th century, using the famous manufacturing process of Takaoka's metal ware casting.
By participating as an exhibitor at various events Nousaku overcame difficulties and succeed in making a name for themselves.

 

Living up to the request of customers who wanted tableware made from cast metal Nousaku started the production of an antibacterial tin tableware – its second characteristic being the bendability of the material. This is how the “Bendable Basket Series “, which is one of Nousaku's most iconic products, came to be.

Summing up the recent years of its history Nousaku pursued and continues to pursue innovative challenges by exploring other fields of businesses, in which their expertise may be utilized, including lightning equipment, cast metal for art or construction, or parts for medical instruments.
Nousaku's mission is to preserve and hand down the knowledge of their craft to the next generation, while searching for new designs that challenge the limits of the materials they work with. Not only is the preservation of the culture and craftsmanship rooted in Takaoka one of Nousaku's aims but also their innovation.

At A-Janaika Japan we stock Nousaku's amazing crafts. The availability of standard goods is guaranteed, enabling smooth shipping worldwide. A-Janaika Japan's prices are always based on those of the respective local manufacturer's. Moreover, with our current free-shipping campaign we hope to further spread the awesomeness of traditional Japanese crafts and their culture. This is your chance to buy high quality crafts from Japan for their local prices!

 

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  1. Toew – set of 2

    Toew – set of 2

    A toe separator made of 100% tin! Safe for all users due to its hypoallergenic qualities and highly malleable, these toe separators are a must-have item for the health conscious! Not only does it improve blood circulation, it can also help prevent foot diseases like athlete’s foot and more! 了解更多
    US$ 92
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  2. Earrings – Masu Sushi

    Earrings – Masu Sushi

    Earrings that look like a slice of masu sushi! Known as Toyama’s traditional dish, the masu sushi is now available as a fashion item! 了解更多
    US$ 50
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  3. Broach – Masu Sushi

    Broach – Masu Sushi

    A unique broach shaped like a masu sushi! Made 100% of tin, this broach is made the way a masu sushi is typically served in Toyama. Complete with detailed carvings to make it look exactly like the real deal! 了解更多
    US$ 67
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  4. Chopstick Rest – “Ptarmigan”

    Chopstick Rest – “Ptarmigan”

    A chopstick rest shaped like Ptarmigans that sit quietly on your dining table! A prefectural mascot, the ptarmigan is able to change the color of its feathers according to seasons, which is recreated here using different materials. As it comes in a set of 2, its cuteness can be enjoyed by all and can also make a good gift! 了解更多
    US$ 59
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  5. Bamboo Plate

    Bamboo Plate

    A beautiful tin plate that is shaped like a bamboo leaf to recreate serving masu sushi! Popular as a kind of bento one eats when travelling, you too can now experience it for yourself! Complete with detailed carvings to make it look exactly like the real deal! 了解更多
    US$ 64
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