Arai Koubou

Discover the legacy of Arai Koubou, where Yamagata castings have thrived for over 1,000 years. Originating from foundry workers of Minamoto no Yoritomo, one of the most famous Shogun in Japanese history, they discovered the ideal soil for casting molds in Yamagata City.

Arai's meticulous process involves designing, molding, embossing, assembling, injecting cast iron slurry, shaping, and desanding, resulting in stunningly beautiful iron pots. The unique "thin-flesh casting technique", passed down for more than 900 years, produces lightweight and delicate iron pots with thin walls, a testament to the extraordinary level of craftsmanship. Arai's teapots, blending Kyoto and Nanbu techniques, stand as a pinnacle of high-end iron pots, reflecting a synthesis of history, folklore, sculpture, painting, and craftsmanship.

Since its establishment in 1972, Arai Koubou has upheld the tradition of carefully crafting each piece from a single mold. They consistently produce Tetsubin (cast-iron kettle), embodying the desire to preserve traditional craftsmanship through handmade small-lot production.