Since its establishment in 1892, Takazawa Candle Co., Ltd. have been making warousoku with the same ingredients from the same suppliers. For example, washi paper, dried rush, the wick ingredients, come from Shimane and Nara, while hazewax (sumac wax), one of the oldest wax in the history of warousoku, comes from the Kyushu region. The company values working with local supplier and strived to stay eco-friendly.
In 2016, Takazawa Candle succeeded in making candles from urushi wax harvested in Wajima, a small town in the Noto Peninsula. Because only 1% of urushi is homegrown, the company wanted to contribute to urushi farmers in Wajima in some way. By buying the fruits of the Wajima urushi tree and making the candles, the company contributes to the protection of the urushi industry. Timber from the Noto Peninsula was also used as a fuel for kilns, which melt the wax.
The legend has it that the first warousoku appeared in the 14th century. In the Edo period, Nanao flourished as a natural harbour, and the northern bound ships called Kitamaebune calls at Nanao. Because warousoku was one of the good financial resources and all ingredients for making were brought by Kitamaebune, some guilds were established to start making warousoku. By the time of the Meiji period, the government dissolved every kind of guilds, including and the number of warousoku makers decreased. Asajiro Takazawa, the 1st generation of our company, started a small warousoku shop to keep the tradition.
Nanao Set of 5