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About Iwakiri Bikoudo

The exterior of Studio Showroom Iwakiri Bikoudo has been running their business almost 100 years and is one of the best tinware makers in Kagoshima, Japan.
Satsuma suzuki (tinware) takes its origin from Kagoshima where it was called Satsuma a long time ago and is a Japanese traditional craft.
Satsuma suzuki is designated to a Japanese traditional craft by the governor of Kagoshima.

A variety of the artifacts are displayed and sold in the showroom.
People from Japan as well as from other countries come to the showroom and enjoy Iwakiri Bikoudo's work.

Artifact Information

Artifact NameSatsuma suzuki : tinware
History
  • 1933 Participated and exhibited at the World Exposition in Chicago.
  • 1935 Presented to His Imperial Highness Prince Nashimoto.
  • 1962 Presented to both His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince and the Princess.
  • 1970 Exhibited at the Word Exposition in Japan.
  • 1973 Presented to Mikasanomiya, His Imperial Highness the Prince Tomohito.
  • 1984 Exhibited at the National Tree-planting Ceremony for His Majesty the Emperor's appreciation.
  • 1984 Presented to His Majesty the Emperor.
  • 1993 Exhibited at "The Exhibition of Kagoshima Artifacts in Paris" in Kagoshima, Japan.
  • 1997 Designated to the Traditional Crafts of Kagoshima by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
  • 2008 Received the Traditional Craftwork Industrial Award.
  • 2010 Received an award as the Kirishima Citizen Award.
  • 2011 Received an award as the Excellent Craftsman Award.

History of "Satsuma suzuki"

300 years have passed since 1656 when the Satsuma Domain’s tin mine was excavated at the order of Lord Shimazu.
At the time, tin was considered as valuable as gold and silver, which made it a huge natural resource for Satsuma Domain, and items made from tin were treated as precious commodities.
However, mass production gradually made tinware into household objects.
Tin is no longer produced in modern-day Kagoshima, but the skills related to it have been passed down as part of the region’s traditional craftworking.

Characteristics of "Satsuma suzuki"

Satsuma tinware has a color tone with a profound feeling, remarkable deepness and a comfortable touch.
Tinware visually appears just as beautiful as silverware, but it is much easier to take care of than silverware because its color doesn't change like silverware and is also superior in its ability to adjust its heat or coldness, meaning that can keep the warmth or coldness of drinks for a while.
One of its characteristics is that purifies water, so water becomes mellowly delicious!
※A product which is made from pewter is composed primarily of 91% - 93% tin, while the rest is made up of antimony and copper.

Air Tight Sealing

Tight sealing cap The Chatsubo (tea-leaf container) that Toshimichi Okubo, a devoted feudal retainer of Satsuma Domain and one of the most famous politicians in the history of Japan, habitually used was discovered. The green tea-leaf remained in the Chatsubo for a 100-years and yet, still was fragrant in both smell and taste, and not in the least bit spoiled.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Craftsman Shinobu Iwakiri also known as Toroku Iwakiri the third  ( CEO of the company, Iwakiri Bikoudo )
Career
  • 1932 Born in Kirishima, Kagoshima
  • 1953 Joined Iwakiri Bikoudo as an employee after graduating an art school in Tokyo
  • 1967 Was succeeded to the name Toroku Iwakiri the third as a traditional craftsman
  • 1984 Presented his work, the Chatsubo with his respects to His Majesty the Emperor
  • 2008 Received the Traditional Craftwork Industrial Award by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • 2011 Received the Excellent Craftsman Award by the governor of Kagoshima Prefecture

Spirit of the Craftsman

Artifact Tiger He still continues to achive new forms of Satsuma tinware, although never quite satisfied with the extent of his success.
He has devoted himself to preserving the techniques that were lined in the tradition of Satsuma tinware and has also been devoting himself to improving his skills for the enrichment of people's lives.

Tin wedding anniversary

The 10th wedding anniversary is a very special and notable milestone for any couple.
Gifting your significant other with handicrafted tinware to hornor this remarkable achivement will surely make for an unforgettable anniversary.

The great works to the Imperial Family

Presented Presented
  • 1935 Presented to His Imperial Highness Prince Nashimoto.
  • 1962 Presented to both His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince and the Princess.
  • 1973 Presented to Mikasanomiya, His Imperial Highness the Prince Tomohito.
  • 1984 Chatsubo was presented to His Majesty the Emperor.

Lexus and Iwakiri Bikoudo

LEXUS emblem LEXUS emblem Lexus is one of the best luxury car brands that we are very proud of.
What many people may not know is that Iwakiri Bikoudo was approached by Lexus many times before finally agreeing to create the famous emblem for the one of a kind car model. After fiddling with the design for several months, he eventually came up with the final design.
Hopefully, opportunities like this and successful ventures come again in the future.

Manufacturing Method

Working view
1. Making a basic form by pouring molten material ( tin ) into a mould

2. Shape the surface with a plane

3. Polishing up the surface, it becomes like a mirror

※On the other hand, if it's dipped in the oxidation liquid to make the surface corrode away, then it feels rough to the touch.


This is the basic outline of the manufacturing method, but it is not easy to make one article.
Why the 100-year-old green tea was amazingly fragrant is because of the ancient skills that made it highly sealabl.

Location & Address

■ 岩切美巧堂: Iwakiri Bikoudo

The exterior of Studio
Postal code
899-4332
Address
4-18-2 Kokubuchuo Kirishima Kagoshima
Homepage
http://www.satsumasuzuki.co.jp/
Business hours
8:30 - 17:30 (*12:00 - 13:00 Closed)
Holidays
Sundays
Shop / Gallery
薩摩錫器工芸館 : Satsumasuzuki Kougeikan
8:30 - 17:30
Tryout
Reservation - Required in 1 week advance
*More than 2 people
8:30 - 16:00
Fee - \3,240 ~