In addition to our own original products, we also handle ceramics and craft artists' products.
In 2020, I wrote an article about my visit to the pottery hot water bottle and tortoise kiln, “Yamajo Seito” in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture.
The area around Tajimi, where Yamajo Seitou has a kiln, is a place where ceramics flourished, with galleries lined with Mino ware and Oribe ware.
The local pottery we visited this time is called “Takada-yaki”, and it seems that it has been around for about 400 years since 1616.
At its peak, there were more than 70 potteries, but now it's half that number. In the old days, sake bottles were famous as "Takada Tokkuri", and it seems that they were made everywhere, but it gradually became obsolete and there was a difficult time.
Mr. Kato's father used to manufacture pottery as weights for fishing nets used by fishermen.
Mr. Kato himself makes matcha bowls as a hobby, and he used to make beer mugs, but now he only makes jars and hot water bottles.
This factory is located on top of a mountain with a great view, and it was hot and humid in Tajimi. I'm used to it," he said.
Windows were set up everywhere in the handmade factory, and the wind sometimes blew through.
Inside the factory, molded hot-water bottles and kettles were lined up to dry.
However, this year's high temperature continued for a long time, and it was said that he had a hard time because it was too dry.
I put them outside to dry, but there were times when I had to put them away in a hurry due to a sudden shower.
Takada's soil is diatomaceous earth, which regulates humidity, and the magnesium oxide contained in the soil also works, making the dry pottery surface smooth. It also contains titanium oxide, which has deodorizing and antioxidant properties.
Takada ware "hot water bottles" and "pots" made of such excellent soil.
The hot water bottle contains mica (Unmo/Kira), which has the ability to store electricity, so it can keep you warm. Put the mica on your palm and rub it together to get a lame-filled hand. It is also used as a cosmetic material.
A ceramic hot water bottle stays warm longer than a metal one.
The husband, who sleeps in the factory office, uses a hot water bottle even in the summer. It seems that the hot water bottle is taking away the heat of the body.
Turtles range in size from No. 1 to 5. It expands the imagination of the user.
"We don't make proposals from here, but people who use them think about this and that, and they teach us about it."
The smallest 1 go size is reasonably priced at around 1,500 yen including shipping, so it's recommended for yourself or as a gift.
He told me, ``It's also a good idea to divide the umeboshi soaked in a large pot into small pots and serve them to the table.
Although it was a short time, Mr. Kato told us many things.
There were people who fell in love with his personality and asked to talk to him.
And the wife, while taking care of her 100-year-old mother, is also supporting her husband by molding the mouth part of the hot water bottle.
When he took us from the factory to the station, he asked us to talk a little bit, took us to a famous local coffee shop, and taught us how to use a "kame" from a housewife's point of view. rice field.
A product that makes the most of the energy of nature that comes from meeting a couple who are close to each other.
He talked so much about hot water bottles and jars that I can't write enough.
At Noren, we offer a set of bamboo tongs that go well with Yamajo Seitou pots.
This is a set limited to our store that is easy to use when adding pickled plums and side dishes, so it is recommended for first-time purchases.