Takaoka bronzeware began in 1609, when the lord of the Kaga Domain invited seven skilled metal casters to settle in a town called Kanayamachi in present-day Takaoka City, in order to promote the economic prosperity of the area around Takaoka Castle. Initially, the craftsmen mainly used cast iron to make everyday items like pots and farming tools like hoes. But around the middle of the Edo Period (1603-1868), bronzeware began to be produced to meet the changing demands of the market.
Takaoka bronzeware developed from "karakane-imono", which is made by pouring molten copper alloy into a mold then engraving designs on the cast metal. The unique beauty of these items, including flower vases and Buddhist sculptures engraved with elegant designs, brought much fame to Takaoka bronzeware.
Today, over 90% of all cast-bronze products in Japan are made in Takaoka. The wide variety of products range from flower vases, Buddhist statues, bronze figurines, accessories, tableware, incense burners, ornaments, and much more.
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