TOHAKU – Large (2 piece box set)
Tohuku is a homage to ‘The Pine Trees screen’, drawn by Tohaku Hasegawa, one of the most famous painters in Japan. The pine trees in the paintings are of the landscape of Nanao City, and he drew it while recollecting his memories of the beautiful nature of his childhood home. The flame is an extension of the gentle lines of these trees, reminding you of rustic simplicity.
- Made in Japan
- ØxH: 24 x 140 mm
- 240 min burn time
- 100% Natural Japanese Haze (Sumac) Wax
- Replacement Tohaku candles available here
• Single large Tohaku candle
• Large Koma Iron Candle Stand
• Wooden box with instructions
Tohaku candles are Made of Japanese wax known as Haze, which is cultivated from the fruit of trees grown in Chikugo, Fukuoka Prefecture.
This type of wax has been used as a raw material for candles since ancient times in Japan. Production has been decreasing every year, and at present, there are only a few companies making pure Japanese wax candles. Takazawa Candle Co. is known to be one of the finest.
Candles made of Japanese wax have a unique stickiness making the melted wax less likely to run during use.
Takazawa Candle Co. continues making efforts to protect the natural environment of the trees they cultivate and to preserve the autumn scenery filled with red-coloured leaves while producing these traditional Japanese wax candles.
Depending on the soil of the Haze tree cultivation area, and the year of wax accumulation, Takazawa Candles result in a variety of soft colours. The beautiful white powder appearing on the surface of each candle is a reliable proof of the natural material contained within.
Created for people who spend time enjoying candles, for those who harvest the wax from trees, and for nature. This is a candle that attempts to connect all involved. There is nothing quite like a gently flickering flame to enhance moments of relaxation.
Since 1892, the candle making company Takazawa Candle has been providing the candlelight in harmony with nature from Japan.
Takazawa Candle has been making candles from the grace of plants such as the fruits of sumac tree, rice bran, and rapeseed flower oil since 1892.
The first candles in Japan were brought in from China in the 8th century and made from bees wax. Bees wax, as a material, it was not familiar to our ancestors so they tried to make candles from the wax derived from plants. The sumac wax was soft and easy to form into the shape of a candle and so by the 16th century it had become the standard material for candle-making in Japan.
A flickering flame has always fascinated us. It might evoke images in our mind, or memories from the past, or perhaps feelings about our primitive nature.
Our candles' flames are bigger and brighter than other companies. The flame comes from a special wick made from a unique recipe dating back to the 16th century, and it is the symbol of ancestral wisdom. At a time when there were no electric lights, light means candles, and a lot of thought was put into making candlelight brighter. Our wick is made from plant-based materials such as dried rush and washi-paper, thus symbolising the beautiful relationship between our ancestors and nature.
The powerful flame, flickering from the simple silhouette of a candle, producing shadows in a room, creates a great atmosphere that makes you feel relaxed while you spend time with your family and close friends.
Sumac wax from Kyushu region and Japanese paper (wa-shi) from Iwami (in Shimane Prefecture), used for wicks, were brought to Nanao to produce candles. The finished product was then transported throughout Japan by Kitamae ship. There were many guilds, which made candles, in Nanao until the late 19th century. Takazawa Candle was established in 1892. Today, we are the only candle maker keeps this tradition alive in Nanao.
Day at the factory
The day at the Takazawa Candle factory starts at 5 AM in winter and 6 o'clock in summer by lighting fires under the kettles to melt the wax.
We burn thinning from nearby forests on the Noto peninsula for three big kettle and put the raw wax into each one depending on which type of candles we'll be making that day.
To make a traditional Japanese candle, we start with the candle's wick. The wick is made by winding dried rushes around hollow cord of wa-shi (Japanese paper). The hollow core of the wick allows oxygen to be drawn up from the bottom so that the flame consumes more melted wax, thus increasing the combustion power and creating a powerful flame.
Next we create the candle shape by pouring melted wax into wooden or metallic moulds. After the wax has set, we remove it from the moulds and finish shaping by hand with a small knife.