Brew Yourself a Gundam Tea With the Zaku Japanese Iron Kettle

20.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / Uncategorized

Premium Bandai released a Japanese nanbu tekki iron kettle last week which fuses traditional Japanese craftsmanship with the internationally-celebrated Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. Available via Bandai Nambo’s ecommerce site, the kettle can also be picked up in Japan at the Gundam Cafe and all GUNDAM SQUARE stores starting in late June.

Nanbu Tekki Zaku (Green)

This green model is one of several nanbu tekki kettles released in the Discovery-G line, a series of products that combines the world of Gundam with Japanese tradition. It’s an upgrade of the green Zaku kettle previously released in 2018.

 

Nanbu tekki is a form of metalwork from Japan with a long history dating back to 1088 where it originated in Oshu. The name ‘Nanbu’ originates from a feudal clan known as the Nanbu-han who established the cast iron industry in the northeastern part of Honshu. Since the region had easy access to the resources required to make ironware, the industry was quickly established. In 1975, the nanbu tekki made in Morioka and Oshu were officially registered as a Traditional Craft of Japan by the Minister of Trade and Industry in Japan. This technique was most prevalent in the ’30s as items such as iron pots and Buddhist altars and ornaments were in high demand.

 

These teapots are lauded for their high quality and last a lifetime. This Zaku version allows Gundam fans to enjoy the tradition of the nanbu tekki with a cup of tea alongside their love of the anime franchise.

 

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