Traditional Nambu Tekki tetsubin kettle
The beginning of the Nambu Tekki was the policy that Nambu domain (today’s Iwate Prefecture) had traditionally encouraged to produce the casting.
And one of the daimyo who loved tea ceremony invited a kettle maker Koizumi Nizaemon from Kyoto and made him create a new tea kettle.
The grandson Nizaemon Ⅲ made the tea kettle smaller and be able to use as a teapot too. It is the appearance of “tetsubin”.
Japanese people had used Nambu Tekki tetsubin or kyusu (Japanese teapot) widely and routinely. But they became to use a simple and convenient kettle due to changing circumstances.
However, they are coming to gather attention overseas as well as in Japan. That’s because the rediscovered and reevaluated of the tradition and health effects. The new design production furthermore attracts those who love tableware.
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Features of Nambu Tekki tetsubin cast iron kettle
[su_dropcap]1.[/su_dropcap]Able to take iron
When you boil the water with the Nambu Tekki kettle, iron liquates out little by little. Almost iron of the Nambu Tekki is bivalent iron which a human easily absorb.
[su_dropcap]2.[/su_dropcap]High heat retaining
Because all of the Nambu Tekki tetsubin are made of the profound cast iron, it keeps the water hot longer than a ceramic teapot.
[su_dropcap]3.[/su_dropcap]Strong and last long
Though you may feel a little heavy to hold it at first, you hardly break the teapot even if you drop it from the hand (take care not to drop on your foot or teacups).
[su_dropcap]4.[/su_dropcap]Best temperature for drinking Japanese green tea
The best temperature for popular Japanese green tea Sencha is 90℃-100℃. Nambu Tekki kyusu can keep it (learn more about Japanese green tea).
[su_dropcap]5.[/su_dropcap]Compliant for IH cooking heater
Because all of the tetsubin products are made of pure iron, they can conduct electricity.
Famous Nambu Tekki tetsubin cast iron kettle
One of the oldest Nambu Tekki factories Oigen locates in Mizusawa Area, Oushu-shi, Iwate Prefecture. Oigen was established in 1852.
The company continues to create a new design of Nambu Tekki, but it keeps the beauty of the tradition.
See also the cookware products of Oigen
In contrast to Oigen, Itchu-do Company was established in 2009. Of course, the craftmen produce the cast iron kyusu, but the designer Nakamura Yoshitaka develops the design. So the Itchu-do’s products are really polished.
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