Founded in 1609 by Toshinaga Maeda, lord of the Kaga Clan, Takaoka City (Toyama Prefecture) has flourished and built a reputation as a fine center of industry for over 400-years. Between 1609 and 1611, seven “imoji” (metalworkers) were stationed at what is now Kanaya-machi, marking the historical beginnings of Takaoka Copper.
Later adding tableware, interior products, and construction metals to its lineup, in 1916 NOUSAKU began manufacturing Buddhist altar fittings, tea sets and flower vases. Despite the deceptively simple appearance of some of these items, the manufacturing process often requires multiple steps. For instance, the fine appearance of our wind-bells as well as our tableware is due to the advanced casting and refined finishing techniques of our master craftsmen.
Along with established casting methods, a manufacturing process involving the pouring of molten metal into a mold with a hollow cavity of the desired shape and allowing it to solidify, NOUSAKU has developed specialist silicon molds. Both our traditional and more recent innovative techniques being constantly enhanced to ensure a superb finish is achieved every time.
While continuing to preserve the original values of Takaoka Copper, we pursue innovative challenges by pushing the boundaries of our knowledge and exploring other fields of business, such as medical, in which our expertize may be utilized. Along with the aid of machinery, innovative industrial technology and the cultivated wisdom of past masters, NOUSAKU has a flexible staffing policy and a local network, which enable us to use resources effectively for research and process refinement.
Our mission is not only to explore opportunities and the meaning of handicrafts for future generations, but also to clarify our social significance in this civilized consumer society. Handed down and rooted in Takaoka, we will preserve and innovate the rich heritage of our ancestors.