In the Western world, tinware usually means coffee mugs, kettles, and plates for outdoor activities or buckets and sprinkling cans. However, Naniwa Tinware represents jugs or cups and pods for Japanese sake.
The reason for this is not only Kansai area (Osaka Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Nara Prefecture & Hyogo Prefecture) famous for extra-dry clear sake but also tin is naturally well heat-conductive and also well heat-retaining. It makes easier to cook good Atsukan, warmed sake. It also has high ionic effect and can make sake mellower.
Needless to say, this beautiful silver-like surface is also adopted to create ritual articles, daily goods such as flower vases and cake boxes, and utensils for tea ceremony, which especially suitable use since tin can prevent humidity and can keep tea leaves flesh with neatly polished caps.
Naniwa Tinware is formed by casting, and polished well using wheels by hand since tin is very flexible. The origin, production of bronze ware which included tin in Japan dates back to Yayoi period (300 BC. to 300 AC.), and they say that in Aska period, around 6th to 7th century, tinware making was started.
The oldest center of thinware production is said to be Kyoto. Later, in Edo period, many tinware studios started production of beautifully polished tinwares as fancy daily goods for citizens in Osaka. Now, Osaka Naniwa Tinware occupies 70% of the whole tinware production in Japan.
Osaka Naniwa Tinware was designated as Traditional Craft by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) in 1983.