Handmade and environmentally friendly vegetable wax candles

Mr. Noriaki Matsui from the The MATSUI Candle Atelier is now one of the approximately 20 craftsman in Japan left to master the skill of handmade, traditional "warosoku" candles. Since 1907 they craft warosoku that are 100% made of vegetable wax from naturally grown Hase trees, characterized by delicate lines, beautiful growth ring patterns, and a large and bright flickering flame. All candles are hand-made and hand-painted by the Matsui family, and made environmentally- and vegan friendly.

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  • MATSUI Japanese Warosoku Candles, DIY Painting Set

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    MATSUI Japanese Warosoku Candles, DIY Painting Set

    Precautions???Keep an eye on children when using.???Do not put in eyes or mouth.???Should it get on your hands, wash your hands after use.???After use, wash the brush and make sure the cap is closed...
    $19.55
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Stand Shaped Like a Leaf, NO.2

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Stand Shaped Like a Leaf, NO.2

    Matsui Candle Atelier has been established in 1907, and manufactures traditional Japanese-style candles with environmentally-friendly ingredients. The company exercises particular care in selecting...
    $38.25
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Stand Shaped Like a Heart
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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Stand Shaped Like a Heart

    This beautiful stand for Japanese Warosoku candles is shaped like a cute heart! It is made of cast iron and is ideal for very small candles. Due to the shape, it even looks cute on your table or...
    $21.25
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  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.20, CAGE

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.20, CAGE

    Matsui Candle Atelier has been established in 1907, and manufactures traditional Japanese-style candles with environmentally-friendly ingredients. The company exercises particular care in selecting...
    $525.30
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.8, Asymmetric Design

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.8, Asymmetric Design

    Matsui Candle Atelier has been established in 1907, and manufactures traditional Japanese-style candles with environmentally-friendly ingredients. The company exercises particular care in selecting...
    $117.81
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.7, Classical Design

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.7, Classical Design

    Matsui Candle Atelier has been established in 1907, and manufactures traditional Japanese-style candles with environmentally-friendly ingredients. The company exercises particular care in selecting...
    $225.85
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.5, Simple Design

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.5, Simple Design

    Matsui Candle Atelier has been established in 1907, and manufactures traditional Japanese-style candles with environmentally-friendly ingredients. The company exercises particular care in selecting...
    $117.81
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.29, Square, Long Handle

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.29, Square, Long Handle

    Matsui Candle Atelier has been established in 1907, and manufactures traditional Japanese-style candles with environmentally-friendly ingredients. The company exercises particular care in selecting...
    $57.80
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.27, Round, Long Handle

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Holder NO.27, Round, Long Handle

    This beautiful stand for Japanese Warosoku candles is round shaped, with a long handle, which makes it easy to move the candle, and looks impressive. It is made of cast iron and supports Matsui...
    $53.55
  • MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Stand for Large Candles, "NO. 11"

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    MATSUI Cast Iron Candle Stand for Large Candles, "NO. 11"

    Matsui Candle Atelier has been established in 1907, and manufactures traditional Japanese-style candles with environmentally-friendly ingredients. The company exercises particular care in selecting...
    $508.56

Matsui is a family business run by only 4 people. Father Noriaki is the 3rd generation Warosoku craftsman, with over 50 years of experience.

 

His daughters Hihiro and Mie are the 4th generation. Mie is making the candles and Hihiro specializes in hand-painting and decoratin the candles with illustrations, texts and crystals.

 

She also developed their unique warosoku DIY painting set, that allows people to try this craft at home. 

Since the second generation, Matsui has been committed to producing sustainable recycled vermilion candles in consideration of the future global environment, and they strongly support the SDGs "Sustainable Developmemt Goals". They promise to continue making environmentally responsbile, traditional candles with the best raw materials, experience, skill and trust. 

A lot of time and craftsmanship goes into producing each and every candle. There are fifteen different steps, some of which require several cycles, all done by hand. Once the wicks are made, they are placed on a bamboo skewer and placed in the hot wax. Large candles can take up to 300 layers of wax before reaching the perfect size! The whole process is done by hand. 

Finished candles are either white, painted red or decorated with hand painted drawings. These "E-rosoku", or "artwork candles", originated in the Tohoku area, where they were said to brighten up the snowy white winters and to form a replacement for flowers on the Buddhist altars.