We are a group of craftsmen who have 3 national qualifications, 3 traditional craftsmen, and 15 other craftsmen who are working hard every day to hand down and study techniques.
We produce about 70% of tin products made in Japan.
Tin has the effect of absorbing impurities and purifying water, and especially sake and beer will be surprised at the mellow change in taste.
Please enjoy a luxurious time different from usual with the technique of Osaka Naniwa tinware that has continued for more than 300 years since the Edo period.
|Country of origin||Osaka, Japan|
|Technique||Osaka Naniwa Pewter Ware|
|Material||With tin and paulownia box|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 2-3 weeks)|
The value of a traditional craftsman is to create something that suits your lifestyle without changing the way you make it.
- Osaka Naniwa Pewterware
- Tatsuaki Imai
We are in a single era
We have roots in Kyosuzu that spread from Kyoto in the latter half of the Edo period.
Yaichiro Imai founded Osaka Suzuki Co., Ltd.
As we continued to refine our traditional craft skills, we had a strong feeling that “when traditional craft stops, it will end”.
While valuing the succession of traditional technologies, we have been developing products that have adapted to the changing lifestyles of the times for over 20 years.
We are also committed to human resource development and accept young people who have just joined the company.
Unusual in the world of craftsmanship that suffers from a lack of successors, more than half of the young people in their 20s and 30s are in our field.
We continue to challenge with the spirit that we are entrusted with one era to convey Osaka Nanka tinware to the next era.
Although it is metal, it adapts to the hand
Pewterware has a long history, and tin jars have been discovered in the ancient city of Egypt, which was built 1,500 BC.
The technology we inherited was designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry as a traditional craft "Osaka Nanka Pewterware" in 1983.
Pewter is a metal that resists rusting and discoloration.
In addition to being excellent in practical use, the pewter molecules are rough and adsorb water and liquor impurities, and have the effect of mellowing the taste.
Also, it transfers heat at 1.8 times faster than pottery and transmits it to the whole at 50 times faster.
Especially when you drink, you will be amazed by the difference in taste.
The gentle taste using tin and the warm touch enhance the taste of liquor and water.
Pewterware that snuggles up to your life
Osaka Naniwa Pewterware is a craft that can be used in everyday life.
Our manufactured tin products have passed various examinations under the guidance of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and can be used safely and safely.
We will continue to adhere to the policy of “Keeping Traditional Crafts Needed from the Ages”.
Please pick up the masterpiece of Japanese craftsman and feel the warmth of tin that is familiar to your hand even though it is metal.
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How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.