Suzuki Morihisa Studio
A long-established manufacturer of Nanbu Tekki, a traditional craft that Iwate is proud to present to the world
Suzuki Morihisa Studio has been producing Nanbu Tekki for 400 years since the Edo period (1603-1868) in the Morioka area of Iwate Prefecture. It has been serving the Nanbu domain as a foundry for generations since 1641, when Nuito Ietsuna Suzuki was brought in from Koshu as an official foundry. The studio continues to produce Nanbu Tekki that blends in with modern lifestyles while inheriting the traditional techniques. In 1974, the 13th generation Morihisa (Hankichi Suzuki) was designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure), and the studio "Suzuki Morihisa" became immortal. Currently, Shiiko Kumagai who inherits the 15th Morihisa, together with Shigeo Suzuki who will succeed the 16th Morihisa, continue to produce cast iron products that fit in with modern life.