In 1916, NOUSAKU began manufacturing Buddhist ritual objects, Japanese tea sets, and flower vases made of brass and bronze in Takaoka, Japan. The city has flourished since 1609, and built its reputation as the center of the copper industry in Japan during those 400 years. Our advanced casting techniques, expert knowledge, tradition, and spirit have been passed down through generations over a long period of time. We pursue the perfect harmony of the inherited tradition and modern design.

Corporate Information

President & CEOKatsuji Nousaku
Head Office8-1 Office Park, Takaoka City, Toyama, 939-1119, JAPAN
Tel 81-766-63-5080(main number)
Tel 81-766-63-0001(for factory tour and work shop)
Products LinesTableware, home decor goods, Buddhist ritual objects and other metal cast products
Materials100% pure tin, brass, and bronze
TechniquesGreen sand casting, self-hardening casting, lost wax casting, NOUSAKU’s original silicon casting
Features-Excels in high-mix low-volume production
-Manufactures 100% pure tin products
-Integrated production systems and flexible responses to customer requests
-Highly skilled in metal casting, especially in expressing complex, precise detailing
-Collaborates with designers both locally & abroad

Corporate History

1916Begins manufacturing Buddhist ritual objects through bronze casting at Kyomachi,
Takaoka City
1967Establishes NOUSAKU LIMITED to accommodate its growing business
1977Builds a new factory in Toidesakae-machi, Takaoka City
2001Hosts an exhibition of NOUSAKU casting ware called "Rin, Rin, Rin" at the Harajuku Version Gallery in Tokyo
2002Reorganizes the company and renames it NOUSAKU CORPORATION to reflect expanding business domains
Opens the "GALLERY SA-KU" in Kumanocho, Takaoka City
2003Begins production of 100% pure tin products, primarily tableware.
Develops new, 100% tin products approved by the Takaoka Industry and
Culture Promotion Fund.
2004NOUSAKU’S original wind chime selected for inclusion in the Japan Design
Committee Collection.
Tin series elected to Toyama Products.
2007Hosts an exhibition "NOUSAKU" to introduce techniques and items, at
Idea Frames in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo.
Certified as the first project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and
Industry's Project Plan to Utilize Local Resource Industries.
Wins the Ministry of Land, Transport and Infrastructure's Regional
Award in the "Japanese Souvenir Context" category.
2008MOMA (New York Museum of Modern Art) elects to showcase NOUSAKU’s
original wind chimes.
NOUSAKU selected for inclusion on METI's list of the "Top-300 Creative Small/Medium Manufacturing Companies"
2009Opens the "Takaoka Nousaku" store in Nihombashi Mitsukoshi.
2011Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Matsuya Ginza.
2011Wins the Jury's Special Award in the 1st "The Most Valuable Japanese Company Award"
2011-2013Hosts a month exhibition to introduce foundry, techniques and history, at GYRE in Omotesando, Tokyo.
2012Opens the "NOUSAKU" store and Tokyo office inside Palace Hotel Tokyo
2012Wins the Award in the 1st “Toyama’s Spirited Small/Medium Manufacturing Companies”
2012Wins the Award in the 1st “Castings of the Year” by The Japan Foundry Engineering Society (JFS)
2013Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Hankyu Umeda, Osaka
2013Wins the Award in the 14th “Toyama Institute of Invention and Innovation”
2013Wins the METI Minister Awards in the 5th “Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award”
2014Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Toyama Daiwa
Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Marier Toyama
Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Fukuoka Mitsukoshi
Opens the "NOUSAKU" shop in Milano, Italy
Take out the license of medical device manufacturing
2015Nousaku's handcrafted tin items - certified as TOYAMA BRAND by Toyama Prefecture
Selected as the regional representative of Tokai-Hokuriku area for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Japan 2015
2016Marks the 100th anniversary
KAGO - square wins the Gold Prize in the "OMOTENASHI Selection"
Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Hakata Hankyu, Fukuoka
Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in JR Nagoya Takashimaya
2017Opens the “NOUSAKU” store in Daimaru Kobe
Builds a new foundry in Office park, Takaoka City
Wins grand prize in the 51st Japan Sign Design Association awards
Wins silver prize in the Japan Design Space Association award
Our product “KAGO – Square – L” being selected by MoMA Design Store
Approved as third-class medical devices marketing authorization holder
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