There’s a Gundam café in Akihabara, and it’s joined forces with Bandai and traditional craftsmen from Oshu City for some new merchandise. Taking a cue from MS-06 Zaku II, they’ve made a Zaku head cast iron kettle.
These are not factory made items being pumped out. They’re created with Nanbu ironware, which is a traditional craftsmanship well-known in the Iwate prefecture and allegedly going back almost a thousand years.
They’ve gone on sale in Japan, but so far there’s no word if they’ll be released outside of their home country. If it were available, would you use this to make tea?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.