Nanao Japanese Wax Candles, Set of 5
The Nanao candle series are perfect to use for dinners as their burning duration can be up to 130 minutes.
Fabricated in sumac wax and additional natural ingredients, they are not only beautiful objects, but they are eco-friendly. The candles use a wax that is derived from plant-based raw materials which include fruits of the haze (sumac) tree, rice bran, canola flower oil, and fruits of Urushi tree. When extinguished, the candles release less soot and less unpleasant odor thanks to the natural, plant-based waxes.
The wick is made by wrapping dried material from a plant of the Juncaceae family referred to as 'lamp wick' or rush weed around washi and then shaped into a cylinder. This specific way of making the wick allows for air to pass up from the lower part of the candle through the wick's hollow center, and enabling the wick to absorb more melted wax, which in turn improves combustion and gives the candle a large, powerful flame.
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.
- Manufacturer: Takazawa Candle
- Made in Japan
- Wax and other plant based materials
- Dimensions: h 19.8 cm x w 15.2 cm x h 2.4 cm (box)