Takazawa Candle has been making traditional Japanese candles since 1892, keeping three elements in mind: craftsmanship, raw materials and ethics. Made with a hollow core, the candles have a powerful flame, and its flickering is more unique than others. Each candle is meant to create time for yourself. Light them after coming home, while enjoying dinner or to calm mind and body during a yoga and meditation session.
The first candles in Japan were brought in from China in the 8th century and were made from bees wax. This material wasn't familiar to the ancestors, so they tried to make candles from plant based wax. Sumac wax was soft and easy to form into the shape of a candle and so by the 16th century it had become the standard material for candle-making in Japan.
The sumac wax from Kyushu region and Japanese paper (wa-shi) from Iwami in Shimane Prefecture, used for wicks, were brought to Nanao to produce candles. The finished product was then transported throughout Japan by Kitamae ship. There were many guilds in Nanao until the late 19th century. Today, Takazawa Candle is the only candle maker keeping this tradition alive in Nanao. By continuing to use natural materials, they contribute to the survival of traditional technologies and to the conservation of the Japanese mountains, plants and nature.
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