Sorry I haven’t been writing about my Kyushu media fam trip as regularly as I wanted to. Ok after the visit to the Buddhist temple, I was brought to a place called Haze Yashiki where I learnt how to make traditional Japanese candles.
Haze refers to the Japanese wax tree which traditional Japanese candles Warousoku are made of.
The beauty of these candles is its beautiful and stable flame, the minimal amount of soot, and its eco-friendly source where its material is derived from the fruit of Haze.
The wick of the Haze candle is also special as it is not made from hemp yarn or cotton yarn but from Toshinso and Japanese paper.
First we had to get the wick out:
Then after that we had to roll the wick around to form the inner spine of the candle:
After that we had to dip the stick into hot liquid wax to harden it up:
The stick was then fixed standing into an empty cup that forms the base of the candle:
The hot liquid wax had to be poured to a certain level before pausing and waiting for it to harden before the next level was poured to. Basically you cannot just pour all the wax in at one shot or the hardening of the wax will be uneven.
And that was the end of my candle-making session!
The hosts went to prepare chado for us guests so I took the liberty to walk around and explore the house. I came across this really cute uncle who was ‘mass-producing’ the candles:
Check out this traditional thermostat for the candle-making man..
Nowadays, there are very few wick craftsmen and so the people at Haza Yashiki are trying to carry on with the tradition by holding classes and even planting more Haze trees!
Can you spot the baby Haze trees?
Next up on Kyushu Media Fam Trip 2011 – An afternoon at Mameda Machi, an old town in Hita…
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