Since 1916, NOUSAKU began manufacturing Buddhist altars, tea sets, and flower vases, later adding tableware, interior products, and construction metals to its lineup. Despite their seemingly simple appearance, it often requires multiple steps by our skilled craftsmen. Fine appearance of wind bells and table wares are due to our advanced casting technique and refined finishing. We continue to preserve the values of Takaoka Copper with innovative challenges.
Nousaku takes on new creative challenges themed by material, technique, and design. They recently began projects in collaboration with designers to produce new products with a modern feeling. In terms of technique, their main features include products made from 100% pure tin – renowned for the processing challenges it entails – a hairline finish on brass that requires extremely sophisticated skills, and silicon casting that can create expressive details. Nousaku not only maintains and preserves tradition; they constantly pursue innovation.
Brass Raw casting technique :
An alloy of copper and zinc, brass has been used from around 1000 B.C. Study shows that the Roman Empire used coin made of brass, while in Japan, one of the oldest records is known as items from China in the Nara Period. Nowadays brass is familiar to the Japanese by 5 yen coin, various accessories, interior decorations, and architectural hardwares. It has also been used in Buddhist altars, tea utensils, and instruments.
Products express a range of textures; from rough, cast surfaces to polished mirror finish or plated. Our wind bells offer the fineness of material and clear ringing sound. Each item being hand finished by our craftsmen, we ask you to enjoy these sophisticated traditionally-made items.
Dimensions: 5.7 x 21.6 x 7 cm
Material:Brass (60% copper, 40% zinc) and Quartz
Design: Koichi Wakasugi
This wind bell is manufactured using traditional casting techniques in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture. You can appreciate the clear sound which can only be made by a brass wind bell. Having been cast, Quartz is finely cut into a hexagon shape by skilled artisans. Although this is not the standard bell shape, it has a small slit at the bottom to give it a clear chime sound. The bronze object has a beautiful ancient brass color which Takaoka’s traditional painting techniques recreate. Enjoy the harmoneous combination of the design and sound.
-Wipe with a soft cloth or a sponge after use.
-Treat with diluted dishwashing detergent and lightly rub with a damp sponge/ cloth if needed.
-Then wipe with a d ry cloth.
[Directions for use]
-Do not rub with a metal polisher.
-Although the object receives a color fixing finish, the color may slightly fade over time.
-The slip is made of Japanese paper which is water resistant but not waterproof.
Care For Tin : 1. Use a cloth (sponge), clean with dishwashing liquid (neutral in pH) after use. 2. Do not scratch with hard brushes. 3. Polish with common metal polishers, tooth paste, or baking soda to restore the shine. 4. Do not use over a flame, as they have low melting points. 5. Products are not to be used in microwave ovens or inside freezers.
For Flexible wares :
1. Excessive bending and changing shapes to a point may lead to cracks and break away of the item.