Pursuing the tea kettle making
Kashihara-shi Nara is where the very first castle of Japan, Fujiwara kyo was built. Imai-city in Kashihara was a self-governed city which had developed in the middle ages being referred to as ”Sakai of the sea, Imai of the land”. You can still see signs of Edo period. Shozo Kawabe 3rd generation of tea kettle creators resides in the city with such a background.
Making kettles delicate, hot and heavy
Tea cauldrons are made by casting. Nakata experienced the process of pouring the melted metal into a mold to create the body. The red melted metal is obviously hot, but what is more unbearable than the heat is its weight.
- Kettle maker, Shozo Kawabe
- Kashihara-shi Nara