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The Ping Mag family of sites continues to report and explore the long history of Japanese textiles and industrial manufacturing with this great piece on Cast Iron Tea Kettles. “Yamagata is the home to some of Japan’s oldest iron foundries. This is also where some of the most innovative cast iron manufacturers are based today. Among these, the oldest of them all is Kikuchi Hojudo.” There is a 960 year legacy of cast iron works in Yamagata! That number to me is staggering. A fascinating read.

More images from the Kikuchi Hojudo Cast Iron Factory in Yamagata after the jump.

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