Hand-made, genuine Japanese candles with 100% natural sumac (HAZE) wax.
The sumac wax is a scarce material and can be harvested only in East Asia including Japan.
(The NOREN at the store front of the DAIYO flagship shop in Shiga Pref. with the motif of a HAZE (sumac) tree bearing its fruits)
Each piece is literally hand-made by the master craftsmen at DAIYO in Shiga Prefecture using 100% natural materials. It is said that the number of master candle-making craftsmen counts only 10 in Japan.
The Japanese candle wick is hollow made of WASHI-paper, rush weeds and silk fibers. A piece of WASHI-paper is first rolled and wrapped with rush weeds. Silk fibers are then used to hold the weeds in place.
Blocks of sumac wax is heated in the pot to be molten. The candle craftsman scoops the molten wax with his left hand geared with the special jig made of bamboo and rolls the Japanese candle wicks, into which glass fiber sticks are inserted, using his right hand to put a layer of wax around the wicks.
These baby candles are dried for a while, then the same process is repeated so many times to make the candles with desired length and diameter.
Thanks to the structure and making processes of the Japanese candles, they burn stably and beautifully with a larger flame than the conventional western candles. As only natural ingredients are used, they create less soot and odor when extinguished.