Nambu Ironware, Iron Kettle, Douhari Style, SOURYU(Twin Dragon), 1.5L, Shokado by Traditional Craftsman Shingo Kikuchi




The surface is coated with an antirust oxide layer using the traditional technique called kama-yaki (high temperature baking treatment), but as it is cast iron, rust may occur due to moisture and humidity. Since all items are handmade, shape, color and size may vary from the photo.


We take pleasure in presenting a distinctive Tetsubin, distinct from those fashioned by Oitomi. This particular Tetsubin has been meticulously crafted by Shingo Kikuchi (菊池真吾), a seasoned traditional craftsman hailing from Shokado. His workshop is situated in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, coinciding with our own locale.

On both the front and back of the surface, two dragons are depicted, showcasing distinct expressions. Although legendary creatures frequently depicted in sumi-e paintings in Japan, the dragons illustrated within this iron kettle emerge subtly from the mist or clouds, adding to the artistic expression. The texture of the cast surface enhances this effect.

The idea that "supernatural beings might be right beside us in everyday scenes" could reflect a unique perception of distance from nature and a distinctive awe in Japan. The two dragons, not excessively adorned or exaggerated, convey a subtle sense of presence.

About the design of the lid handle, artist Kikuchi describes it as resembling the dragon's claws grasping a Hōju (sacred jewel).

Uncommon among cast iron kettles, the handle is movable, providing functionality during tasks such as pouring water or opening the lid, thanks to its wide and large lid. It can be tilted to approximately 45 degrees on one side. Please be cautious not to force it beyond this angle, as it may lead to damage.

Internally, a technique called kama-yaki has been employed to coat the surface with an oxidized film, eschewing the application of any paint.

This particular Tetsubin commands a higher price in comparison to its counterparts. Yet, due to the implementation of the Yaki-gata method, its resolute adherence to bold and traditional aesthetic compositions, and the intimate inscription of the traditional craftsman, "南部 真吾" (Nambu Shingo), this exceptional Tetsubin is poised to be your lifelong companion.

*Kindly note that the handmade nature of each item may result in slight variations between the actual product and the photographs.


Cast iron, Steel(handle), Surface: Japanese lacquer baking finish Interior: Oxidized film finish by kama-yaki (unglazed), no coating

Suitable for all stovetops including induction

We have confirmed that the product can be used with 100V(200V NOT RECOMMENDED), but some models may not respond, please contact the manufacturer.


Height: Approximately 20cm
Width (including the spout): Approximately 20cm
Circumference Diameter: Approximately 16cm
Bottom Diameter: Approximately 12cm
Weight: 1.7kg
Capacity: Approximately 1.5L (full)


When using induction heating, use in the low to medium heat range.
Do not wash with detergent.
Do not wash using a sponge or scrubber.
Wipe off the excess water around the lid and other parts well, as discoloration and rusting can easily occur.
Please note that cooking near this pot may result in oil stains and discoloration due to oil splashes.
If the gas flame reaches the body of the pot, the part is likely to discolor, so be careful not to increase the heat too much.

To make tea and coffee great

The water boiled in Nambu iron kettle tastes mellow and sweet even when drunk straight.

This is due to the effect of iron leaching into the hot water, but in order for the iron to leach out, the inside cannot be enameled or otherwise treated, and rust is liable to occur.

Nambu ironware is baked using the traditional technique called kama-yaki to produce an oxide layer on the surface. It leads to "rust resistance" and "water quality improvement" and makes tea and coffee taste better.


International Shipping Available

All items are eligible for international shipping.

Items are manufactured after receiving orders and will be shipped from Japan in about 1-2 months(Maximum 3 months for items labeled "made-to-order").
The schedule may be revised depending on destination countries, shipping companies, and changes of customs rules.


About Customs Duties and Taxes

Your final payment on our website includes the price of the product and shipping costs, but does not include any other fees required for international shipping, such as import taxes, customs duties, and other fees.

Please be aware that in all cases you are responsible for paying any import fees applied to your order.

These fees are set in detail for each country and region, and the rules are revised frequently. Please make sure that information is up to date when you place an order.

Refunds due to customs or import issues that are not our responsibility will not be accepted.

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