Takazawa Candle

Takazawa established their candle-making business back in 1892 in the city of Nanao, Ishikawa Pref., Japan.

It is said that WA-ROUSOKU (Japanese candles) were born in Japan through the introduction of Buddhism and based on an item dating back to the Nara period (710-794 AD) which was made of beeswax collected from beehives.  In the Edo period (1603-1868 AD), the cultivation of haze (wax trees), a raw material used in WA-ROUSOKU, flourished in Kyushu and Shikoku, and these candles came into wide use by the masses.

Blessed with a good natural harbor, Nanao thrived as a port of call for cargo ships that sailed the Japan Sea during this era.  These ships brought the wax used in WA-ROUSOKU from Kyushu, and WASHI (Japanese paper) used in the wick from Iwami (Shimane Prefecture).  After being manufactured in Nanao, WA-ROUSOKU were transported by the cargo ships once again, to areas across Japan.  A candle making cooperative, ROUSOKU-ZA, was established in Nanao, and it continued into the middle of the Meiji period (1868-1912 AD).  Today, TAKAZAWA Candle is continuing this tradition.