Founded in 1609 by Toshinaga Maeda, lord of the Kaga Clan, Takaoka City (Toyama Prefecture) has flourished and built a reputation as a fine center of industry for over 400-years. Between 1609 and 1611, seven “imoji” (metalworkers) were stationed at what is now Kanaya-machi, marking the historical beginnings of Takaoka Copper.
Later adding tableware, interior products, and construction metals to its lineup, in 1916 NOUSAKU began manufacturing Buddhist altar fittings, tea sets and flower vases. Despite the deceptively simple appearance of some of these items, the manufacturing process often requires multiple steps. For instance, the fine appearance of our wind-bells as well as our tableware is due to the advanced casting and refined finishing techniques of our master craftsmen.
Along with established casting methods, a manufacturing process involving the pouring of molten metal into a mold with a hollow cavity of the desired shape and allowing it to solidify, NOUSAKU has developed specialist silicon molds. Both our traditional and more recent innovative techniques being constantly enhanced to ensure a superb finish is achieved every time.
While continuing to preserve the original values of Takaoka Copper, we pursue innovative challenges by pushing the boundaries of our knowledge and exploring other fields of business, such as medical, in which our expertize may be utilized. Along with the aid of machinery, innovative industrial technology and the cultivated wisdom of past masters, NOUSAKU has a flexible staffing policy and a local network, which enable us to use resources effectively for research and process refinement.
Our mission is not only to explore opportunities and the meaning of handicrafts for future generations, but also to clarify our social significance in this civilized consumer society. Handed down and rooted in Takaoka, we will preserve and innovate the rich heritage of our ancestors.
|Company Name||NOUSAKU CORPORATION|
|President & CEO||Katsuji Nousaku|
|Head Office||8-1 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)
|Tokyo Office||Palace Hotel Tokyo|
B1 Fl., Palace Hotel Tokyo 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005, JAPAN
|Sales Office/Shop||FACTORY SHOP|
8-1 Office Park, Takaoka City, Toyama, 939-1119, JAPAN
Palace Hotel Tokyo
B1 F l., Palace Hotel Tokyo 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0005, JAPAN
5th Fl., Nihombashi Mitsukoshi 1-4-1 Muro-machi, Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-8001, JAPAN
Tel 81-3-3274-8931 (main number)
7th Fl., Matsuya Ginza, 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8130, JAPAN
Tel 81-3-3567-1211 (main number)
JR Nagoya Takashimaya
9th Fl., JR Nagoya Takashimaya, 1-1-4, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi, 450-6001, JAPAN
Tel 81-52-566-8459 (direct)
7F Hankyu Umeda Main Store, 8-7, Kakuta-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-8350, JAPAN
Tel 81-6-6313-7897 (direct)
7th Fl.,Daimaru Kobe,40, Akashimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, 650-0037, JAPAN
Tel 81-78-332-5677 (direct)
8th Fl., Fukuoka Mitsukoshi, 2-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka 810-8544, JAPAN
Tel 81-92-724-3111 (main number)
7th Fl., Hakata Hankyu, 1-1, Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0012, JAPAN
Tel 81-92-419-5465 (direct)
1st Fl., Marier Toyama, 1-1-61 Sakura-machi, Toyama City, Toyama, 930-0003, JAPAN
Tel 81-76-464-6008 (direct)
5th Fl., Toyama Daiwa, 3-8-6 Sogawa, Toyama City, Toyama, 930-8505, JAPAN
Tel 81-76-424-1111 (main number)
1-28, Kumano-machi, Takaoka City, Toyama, 933-0903, JAPAN
|Products Lines||Tea sets, flower vases, bowls, Buddhist altar fittings, lawn decorations, exterior products, decorative lighting, tableware (100% tin) and other metal cast products|
|Materials||100% pure tin, brass, bronze|
|Techniques||Green 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
|1916||Begins manufacturing Buddhist altar fittings through bronze casting at Kyomachi, |
|1967||Establishes NOUSAKU LIMITED to accommodate its growing business|
|1977||Builds a new factory in Toidesakae-machi, Takaoka City|
|2001||Hosts an exhibition of NOUSAKU casting ware called "Rin, Rin, Rin" at the Harajuku Version Gallery in Tokyo|
|2002||Reorganizes the company and renames it NOUSAKU CORPORATION to reflect expanding business domains|
Opens the "GALLERY SA-KU" in Kumanocho, Takaoka City
|2003||Begins production of 100% pure tin products, primarily tableware.|
Develops new, 100% tin products approved by the Takaoka Industry and
Culture Promotion Fund.
|2004||NOUSAKU’S original wind-bell selected for inclusion in the Japan Design|
Tin series elected to Toyama Products.
|2007||Hosts 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.
|2008||MOMA (New York Museum of Modern Art) elects to showcase NOUSAKU’s |
NOUSAKU selected for inclusion on METI's list of the "Top-300 Creative Small/Medium Manufacturing Companies"
|2009||Opens the "Takaoka Nousaku" store in Nihombashi Mitsukoshi.|
|2011||Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Matsuya Ginza.|
|2011||Wins the Jury's Special Award in the 1st "The Most Valuable Japanese Company Award"|
|2011-2013||Hosts a month exhibition to introduce foundry, techniques and history, at GYRE in Omotesando, Tokyo.|
|2012||Opens the "NOUSAKU" store and Tokyo office inside Palace Hotel Tokyo|
|2012||Wins the Award in the 1st “Toyama’s Spirited Small/Medium Manufacturing Companies”|
|2012||Wins the Award in the 1st “Castings of the Year” by The Japan Foundry Engineering Society (JFS)|
|2013||Opens the "NOUSAKU" store in Hankyu Umeda, Osaka|
|2013||Wins the Award in the 14th “Toyama Institute of Invention and Innovation”|
|2013||Wins the METI Minister Awards in the 5th “Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award”|
|2014||Opens 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
Renames "GALLERY SA-KU" to "GALLERY NOUSAKU"
Take out the license of medical device manufacturing
|2015||Nousaku'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
|2016||Marks 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
|2017||Opens 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