Nambu Ironware has been made in Morioka region in Iwate prefecture since middle 17th century when Nambu domain invited artisans from Kyoto to produce fine ironware for tea ceremony. Combined with the cast iron daily goods produced in Mizusawa, one region in Date domain, the area became a large production center, and the traditional art, such as dry sand mold and patterning, are preserved.
Because of the traditional ways of production, Nambu wares were considered as traditional materials such as tea utensils, but are now recognized as practical kitchen goods which have certain excellence.
For example, an iron kettle (Tetsubin, Japanese style tea pot made from iron) is recently made in various colors and loved not only in Japan but also all over the world especially in Europe. The inside is enameled to keep the pot from being rusty.
In addition, they are popular souvenir for tourists from China since Chinese people share tea-appreciation culture with the Japanese.
Traditionally, the characteristics of Nambu ironware are their long-lasting hardness and warmth of the surface, but the depiction of sophisticated patterns should not be missed.
Nambu Ironware was designated as Traditional Craft by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in 1975.