These candles are made in Nanao Japan from Sumac wax grown in the Kyushu region and Japanese paper (wa-shi) from Iwami (in Shimane Prefecture), used for wicks. Through the late 19th century Nanao was known for its many candle guilds. Today, Takazawa Candle, established in 1892, is the only candle maker keeping this tradition alive in Nanao.
To make a traditional Japanese candle, we start with the candle's wick. The wick is made by winding dried rushes around hollow cord of wa-shi (Japanese paper). The hollow core of the wick allows oxygen to be drawn up from the bottom so that the flame consumes more melted wax, thus increasing the combustion power and creating a powerful flame.
Next we create the candle shape by pouring melted wax into wooden or metallic moulds. After the wax has set, we remove it from the moulds and finish shaping by hand with a small knife.
This candle set comes with 5 candles.
Each candle has a burn time of approximately 130min.