OIGEN has been producing craft ironware goods for over 150 years, beginning with ironware kettles which would heat both the water and air in people's homes during the cold, dry winter months. Though OIGEN strives to innovate, many of their products have been made in the same way for decades, using the skills of the local craftspeople who hand their knowledge down through the generations.
Each product made at the OIGEN foundry passes through the hands of numerous artisans. The company’s philosophy - ‘relish the joy’ – reflects the pleasures of time taken to craft the perfect product. Of their craft methods, President Oikawa says: “Our products do not pop out at the push of a button. At the foundry, craftspeople check the sand with their own hands, check the molten iron with their own eyes, and check the heavy moulds moving up and down as sweat drips from their brows… Craftspeople in our factories take pride in creating things with their hands".