Syouryu is the proprietary brand of Shimatani Syouryu Koubou, a workshop that has been a specialist manufacturer of orin bowl gongs for Buddhist temples since its establishment in 1909. There are three orin artisans at this workshop (there are only ten in all of Japan), who create orin gongs by hammering down metal to create a round shaped gong with a nicely tuned sound. Our aim is to continue to make new products using this metal hammering technique.
The concept of a new product typical of Takaoka City, typical of the metalwork artisans and something that can be used every day, led to a new brand and a new product being born.
That product, called ‘Suzugami’ or ‘tin paper’, is a new tin product that, as its name suggests, is thin like paper and freely malleable. By repeatedly hammering a rolled tin sheet, not only can it become patterned, but it gains a strength that has resistance to repeated bending. It is a product only metalwork artisans could conjure up.
Want to easily bend metal to your desired shape? That is the novelty of suzugami.