Nambu Ironware, Iron Kettle, MARUGATA-KOGIKU (Small Chrysanthemum), 1.1L, 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 great pleasure in introducing a truly exceptional Tetsubin, distinct from the creations of Oitomi. This remarkable piece is the handiwork of Shingo Kikuchi (菊池真吾), a revered traditional craftsman affiliated with Shokado. His studio is situated in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, coinciding with our own locale.

The designation of "traditional craftsman" is a prestigious honor officially conferred by the Japanese government. It signifies craftsmen who possess and meticulously uphold advanced techniques and skills. Among the limited ranks of Nambu Ironware's traditional craftsmen, Shingo Kikuchi stands as a distinguished figure.

Nambu ironware's creation involves two distinct methodologies: Nama-gata, which employs sand molds, and Yaki-gata, which employs molds fashioned from baked clay. The Tetsubin in question is fashioned through the Yaki-gata method, resulting in an exceedingly limited number of pieces obtainable from a single mold. This rarity adds to its profound uniqueness.

This Tetsubin's rounded silhouette is tastefully adorned with chrysanthemum flowers, an emblematic motif. The lid knob, too, is graced with the presence of a delicate chrysanthemum blossom.

The irregular surface and fixed handle distinctly embody "sabi," a distinctive Japanese aesthetic rooted in the philosophy of the tea ceremony, symbolizing an appreciation for the beauty that emerges through the passage of time.

In the context of Japan, chrysanthemums bear diverse meanings including "nobility," "longevity," "warding off evil spirits," and "mental and physical stability." Notably, the chrysanthemum is an integral element in the emblem of the imperial family.

Internally, the surface is coated with an oxidized film through the kama-yaki technique, eschewing the use of any paint.

While this Tetsubin may command a higher price in comparison to other models, its distinction arises from the Yaki-gata method, its bold and traditional aesthetic compositions, and the personalized inscription of the traditional craftsman, "真吾" (Shingo). With these attributes intertwined, this special Tetsubin is destined to be your lifelong companion.

Please acknowledge that due to the handcrafted nature of each piece, subtle deviations may exist between the actual product and the provided photographs. We appreciate your understanding in this regard.


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: 19cm
Width (including spout): Approx. 17 cm
Girth diameter: 14cm
Bottom diameter: about 9cm
Weight: 1.3kg
Capacity: 1.1L (full of water)

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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