Tin plate and sheet, Japanese traditional crafts

Nousaku suzumaru suzukozara

Flexible tin tableware and sheet of Nousaku

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[Nousaku]Suzumaru / Suzukozara

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New texture, new sensation

Takaoka city in Toyama prefecture is known as a casting town. Takaoka copperware, one of the Japanese traditional crafts, is the representative of the town. Nousaku was established in 1916 in Takaoka city as a producer of the Buddhist altar fittings. This Nousaku produced new tableware, tin plate.
Nousaku has an excellent reputation as a producer of the Buddhist altar fittings, utensils for the tea ceremony, or flower vase. All products are made with high casting skill and precise finishing by Japanese skilled craftsmen. Recently, Nousaku has noted the potentiality of tin which has only been used as sake set or tea set. 100% real tin opens its way to various tableware, or miscellaneous goods.

Tin is known as the third expensive metal after gold and silver. Tin has strong antibacterial effect and it is hard to be oxidized. Therefore, the water in tin tableware can be saved from oxidization. Tin has been used for sake set or tea set for a long time.
Usually, tin is mixed with other metal material to make tin product. Tin is too soft to make finishing on the product. However, Nousaku use the 100% tin so that you can enjoy the soft texture of tin.

These products have cold metal texture as well as softness. This experience will be real new sensation.

new texture, new sensation

Flexible tin tableware

Today we would like you to introduce simple tableware, “suzumaru” and “suzukozara.”

Suzumaru is a round tin sheet 10cm in diameter.
100% tin becomes 1mm thick by rolling technology. When you bend it with a little power, it will curve. You can feel the solidness and luxury at the same time.
Since you can change the form, suzumaru is used not only as tableware, but also an interior.

three patterns of suzumaru
Three patterns of Nousaku suzumaru

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Contrary to suzumaru, suzukozara is a small tin plate 6.9cm in diameter.
It is 1cm high. So you can put sauce or dressing on it. Although it is already made the plate form, you can change the edge of tin plate like a wave.

three patterns of suzukozara
Three patterns of Nousaku suzukozara

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Three patterns

We offer three patterns of suzumaru and suzukozara. There are “nunome”, “hiware”, and “oboro.”
At the first sight, you may wonder if you can put the food directly. In fact, tin has high antibacterial effect. Therefore, you can put food straight on the tin plate.

Nunome means the texture of cloth in Japanese. This pattern reminds you the texture of natural cotton. Nunome is the most three-dimensional pattern among the three.
Hiware means the frozen surface of the water. You can enjoy the real texture of tin by this pattern.
Oboro means hazy. This pattern reminds you the powdery snow or hazy moonlight. This pattern has mat texture.

Nunome, Hiware, Oboro

How to use?

Now we believe that you can understand the fascination of the tin sheet and plate. “But, how to use it?” Even the product is attractive, it is no meaning if the product is hard to use. Here, we would like to introduce some of the examples of using suzumaru and suzukozara.

  1. As sweets container

    Suzumaru fits small sweets with its flat form. Candies, chocolates, or other baked confectionaries.

    suzumaru with sweets

    For suzukozara, since it has 1cm high, you can put small treats easy to roll. Tin has high thermal conductivity. So we recommend you that refrigerate the tin plate for 1-2 minutes before you put cold food.

    suzukozara with sweets
  2. As dishes for dinner

    Small plates are very useful when you have many guests, such as a home party. Put a little cuisine for the plate. Your dinner table suddenly changes into a good restaurant. Cold cuisine like carpaccio or raw fish will be the best when you serve it with refrigerated tin plate.
    Furthermore, suzukozara is the best size for pouring soy sauce when you eat sashimi. You can enjoy real Japanese dinner.
    When you use suzumaru, we recommend that bend one corner of the sheet. You can pick up the plate easily.

    suzukozara for soy sauce tray

    New set with soy sauce cruet from Hirota glass

    Soy sauce cruet of Hirota glass has cute rounded form. Japan Design Store makes our original set with Suzukozara from Nousaku and the soy sauce cruet from Hirota glass. For your own use, or gift item, we recommend our new set.

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  3. As coasters

    Stylish round tin sheet is also good for a coaster. Bending the edge of the plate like a flower, the plate can catch drop of the glass.
    How about putting beer glass on the tin plate? It looks more delicious!

    suzumaru as a coaster
  4. As an accessory case

    You can put not only food, but also any other small things. For example, we recommend you to put keys and accessories. Tin is hard to rust under the room temperature. So this tin plate or sheet do not interrupt other metal.

    suzumaru as accessory tray
  5. As a tray for a foliage plant

    It is said that “the water in tin tableware is hard to rust.” That is why people have used tin as flower vase.
    So you can put small foliage plant on the tin sheet. Suzukozara has 1cm height. You can pour a little water for the plant.

How do you like this tin tableware so far? We introduce some of the uses here. The way to use is up to you. Please find your original way of using suzumaru and suzukozara.

The sound of tin

When you bend 100% real tin, you can hear the high sound like clink. This sound does not mean the break. In fact, this sound is called Tin Cry. The sound is caused when the tin molecule rustle.
Please enjoy this unique texture. We hope that this tin sheet and plate will make your life happier.

bending suzumaru

Nice gift from Japan

We offer single suzumaru and suzukozara as well as a set of three patterns.
All products of Nousaku are easy to use. So other Nousaku series have gained popularity as presents.
Suzumaru and suzukozara are also simple and easy to use. So we recommend this product for the presents for someone special.
* This product is not of the service of naming. Thank you for your understanding.

nice gift from Japan

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Look for square tin tableware?

Nousaku offers round tin tableware. If you look for the square tin plate, another atelier syouryu offers the one.

We have some more cute mamezara sets

Japan Design Store offers some more mamezara other than suzumaru and suzukozara of Nousaku. “Inban-mamezara of Azmaya” with Japanese traditional motifs, “KOMON series of KIHARA” with auspicious patterns, or “Arita jewel of Floyd” like glittering jewels. We have various suitable sets for gifts.

Caring tips

  • * Wash with soft cloth or sponge with ph.-balanced detergent after use.
  • * Please do not rub with a hard scrubbing brush. Also, the product is soft and vulnerable. Avoid polishing with the cleanser.
  • * When the gloss has become dull, please polish the products using a commercially-available metal polish, toothpaste or baking soda. The gloss will return with them.
  • * Please do not apply to the direct flame because of the low melting point.
  • * You cannot use it in microwave oven.
  • * Please do not put in the freezer to reduce the risk of tin pest (that tin becomes brittle by the cold).
  • * Intensive pressure to the one place, or twist plate will cause the break of tin plate. Please do not bend the plate too much.
  • * All the products are handmade by traditional craftsmen. Please enjoy different perspective of each product.

Personalize gift service

For the bulk order more than 20 items, we can personalize your items with the name of your company, school, or with logomarks. If you plan to order corporate gifts or keepsake gifts, please contact us from “Contact us.”
* Personalize gift needs service fee. The fee depends on items.
* Personalize service is not available for some products. Please feel free to ask us.

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