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Nakamura Candle Koichi TagawaKoichi Tagawa

A set of two cute candles hand-painted by rape blossoms by a Kyoto painter.

Please use it as a Japanese interior and as a gift for those who have taken care of you.

All Japanese candles are made from vegetable ingredients and are handmade by craftsmen one by one. Compared to Western candles, there is less oily smoke and soot, and the room is not polluted.

A major feature of Japanese candles is their unique way of burning. The hollow core creates an air flow, and the flames are large and slowly sway, and are mysterious and emotional. Creates an atmosphere.

Even in a place without wind, the swaying flame does not disappear with a little wind, and it emits a wave similar to the "1 / f fluctuation" like the light of a firefly, and looks at the candle. Relax the hearts of those who are.


Manufacturer Nakamura Rosoku
Country of origin Kyoto, Japan
Technique Japanese Candles
Material Japan wax
Size 4.52"(11.5cm)
Weight 0.07 lbs(30g)
Capacity 0 oz(ml)
Electronic Equipment
Note Burning time: 75 minutes
Delivery Time 1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)


Individually Handmade Japanese Candles Passed Down the Generations

Nakamura Rosoku

  • 1887
  • Japanese candles
  • Hirokazu Tagawa

Individual candles being decorated by hand


130 Years of Handcrafting Soft, Warm Lights

For over 130 years, Nakamura Rosoku have dedicated themselves to producing exquisite Kyoto candles.

Japanese candles have been used over the ages for Buddhist rites and other special occasions.

However, demand has decreased due to the prevalence of inexpensive Western and electric flameless candles.

Adding to this challenge are issues like the decreasing availability of Japanese wax obtained from the berries of “haze” trees, which is the main component of Japanese candles.

To solve these problems, Nakamura Rosoku has joined a project to cultivate haze trees and increase wax production.

They are also striving to make Kyoto candles more appealing to the younger generations, such as by developing stylish, scented versions and more.

The warm, gentle glow of Japanese candles


An Embodiment of Remarkable Traditional Craftsmanship

The main difference between Japanese and Western candles is the ingredients.

While Western candles are made with petroleum-based materials, Japanese candles are solely plant-based. Producing no petro-carbon soot, Japanese candles are an environmentally friendly alternative to regular, modern candles.

Japanese candles are made from the berries of a variety of haze tree called “budo haze.”

Today, there is only one remaining farm in Wakayama Prefecture still growing budo haze trees.

As this does not allow for a steady supply, Nakamura Rosoku decided to cultivate new budo haze trees in Kyoto City.

It takes three to four years to bear fruit and the trees are often damaged by deer and other pests, so for the time being, it has to supplement its stock with berries from other prefectures.

However, Nakamura Rosoku hopes to one day make Japanese candles using only berries from Kyoto.

A major characteristic of Japanese candles is the way they burn. With hollow wicks creating space for the air to flow, the flame produced is large and sways gently even when there’s no wind.

It does not get blown away by the wind easily and yields an enchanting, mystic atmosphere.

Being entirely handmade, each individual candle embodies the traditional techniques and mastery of numerous craftspeople.

Message to Customers

A Flicker That Nourishes the Soul

Japanese candles emit an orange flame that is slightly darker than that of Western candles.

This is because plant-based wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax. The dark color is easy and inviting to look at.

It is also said that Japanese candles emit a “1/f flicker” noise that relaxes us similarly to the rhythm of a heartbeat, the rocking of trains, the sound of streams, and the light of fireflies.

It can’t be found in Western candles, so make sure you savor it if you get the chance to experience it.

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