Nambu Ironware, Iron Kettle, HOUJYU-GATA MATSUBA, 1.4L, 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 are pleased to introduce a distinctive Tetsubin that hails from the expertise of Shingo Kikuchi (菊池真吾), a revered traditional craftsman from Shokado. His workshop is situated in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, the same locale as ours.

The appellation of "traditional craftsman" is officially sanctioned by the Japanese government, signifying artisans who uphold advanced techniques and mastery. Within the realm of Nambu Ironware, a select few individuals bear this distinction, and Shingo Kikuchi is counted among them.

Nambu ironware is fashioned through two distinct techniques: Nama-gata, involving sand molds, and Yaki-gata, utilizing clay molds fired in a kiln. Given that this particular Tetsubin is crafted using the Yaki-gata method, only a limited number of pieces can be produced from a single mold. Hence, its rarity is noteworthy.

The silhouette, known as "Houju-gata" (宝珠形), represents one of the oldest shapes within the annals of Nanbu ironware. This Tetsubin showcases the Houju silhouette adorned with delicate pine needle motifs, while the knob is thoughtfully designed with a pinecone motif. The pine pattern itself carries an age-old significance, revered as a symbol of auspicious fortune.

Internally, the surface is coated with an oxidized film achieved through a process called kama-yaki, eschewing the use of any paint. The reddish tones present in certain interior sections are a result of kama-yaki.

In comparison to other Tetsubin, this particular piece bears a higher price point. However, owing to the employment of the Yaki-gata technique, its robust adherence to traditional aesthetic compositions, and the distinctive inscription of the traditional craftsman, "南部 真吾" (Nambu Shingo), this exceptional Tetsubin is poised to accompany you throughout your lifetime.

*Please note that this item is also available in our physical store, and stock availability may vary based on timing. Kindly be advised that instances might arise where an ordered item is temporarily out of stock.


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: 18.5 cm
Width (including spout): 20 cm
Body diameter: 17 cm
Bottom diameter: 11 cm
Weight: 1.7 kg
Capacity: 1.4L (full)

Handle: Fixed


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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