The Nabe Pot is ideal for cooking soups, as well as dishes that are simmered in broth, a common method of cooking in Japanese and other Asian cuisines.
Iwate has a centuries-long tradition of ironware production. Iwachu's Nanbu *tekki* (Nanbu ironware) is known for its application of this tradition to contemporary needs.
This pot is created in reverse: in a cast. Every design, every Japanese character, the spigot&emdash;all of the features are put in the mould in reverse, so that when the molten iron is poured in, only by removing the cast do you reveal the product's true shape.
The iron is molten at more than 1,500 degrees Celsius, the casts are made entirely of recycled materials, and everything important is done the same way it's been done for hundreds of years.