Over 50 foundries in Oshu City, Iwate and surrounding area make the MCFC(Mizusawa Castiron Foundry Cooperative) a massive ironwork production complex.
Some of our best known products include traditional teakettles (tetsubin), teapots, and wind chimes. These are collectively known as Nambu Tekki, a brand already famous throughout Japan and the world. We also do industrial casting like automobile parts, commercial ironwork like streetlights for shopping districts, and attractive car barriers.
The history of iron casting in this area goes back at least as far as the end of the eleventh century, and our handiwork proudly continues this local tradition. Our traditional cast iron goods exhibit dignified beauty and intricate craftsmanship.
But we are also adapting to the needs of contemporary society, providing an enormous variety of items for any lifestyle.
Iron casting reached the Mizusawa area in 1088. This was the beginning of the now famous Nambu Tekki Ironware.
Fire and Iron, Strength and Beauty
Touch the proud traditions of Japan. Savor the skills and techniques of Mizusawa's ironware.
Feel the magic of Nambu Tekki.
Excellent heat conduction and retention
Our uniformly thick cast iron pots and kettles hold heat well and distribute it evenly throughout whatever is placed in them.
Many items are ready for use with electromagnetic induction cookers, too, meaning that our traditional ironware is also a marvel of state-of-the-art functionality.
The unique warmth of cast iron
The unmistakable feel of cast iron soothes the soul. More than just tools, our products make an artistic and enjoyable addition to any interior.
Ease of use and care
After each use, just dry your teapot or kettle thoroughly with residual heat or reheating it when empty.
If you notice rust, first scrape it off with a toothbrush or some other very soft implement, then place used tea leaves (not herbal) in a bag, drop them in the pot or kettle with some water, and boil until the inside of the ironware is blackened. The tannins contained in tea help to prevent and slow rust. Remove the tea, then boil and discard some water.
Please be careful! Your pot or teakettle is quite thick and heavy.
Dropping your kettle may lead to serious injury.
Always use potholders! Ironware becomes extremely hot when heated
Mizusawa Castiron Foundry Cooperative
131 Myosho, Mizusawa-hadacho, Oshu, Iwate, Japan 023-0132
TEL +81-197-24-1551 / FAX +81-197-25-5503