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Tin and Copper like You’ve Never Seen Before.

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture is genuinely nerd heaven for anyone who appreciates copper or tin products. Compared to ceramics, tin transfers heat much, much faster. When sake is heated, it warms up quickly, while cold sake, wine, and beer can be kept cold without ice. Tin is a mysterious metal with a "sweet and fruity” aroma. Each metal has its unique smell, but tin's fruity aroma is loved for its ability to enhance the flavor of the tea or liquor it is poured over.

Takaoka City has been the center of Japan’s copper industry for over 400 years. And in this city, the place to go is Nousaku. The founder of Nousaku started making brass and bronze vases, tea sets, and Buddhist ritual artifacts in 1916. Their beautiful products received numerous awards. Now you can visit the renovated factory to learn about true craftsmanship and take a hands-on workshop.

What I especially like about Nosaku is that it is a family business. The current CEO, Mr. Katsuji Nousaku, as the 4th generation, took over the position in 2003. He created terrific products one after another and grew this into a global business. He and his daughter, Chiharu welcome over 10,000 visitors a month to experience tin casting at the factory.

One of the most popular items from this renowned company is a flexible tinware folding basket. You can bend it in any way you like. Other popular items are jugs and cups because of their excellent thermal conductivity. Don’t miss out!

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