Chooro Watering Can by Negishi
Hand soldered and hand crafted in Tokyo, each one of these watering cans is the product of an individual’s labour. The individuals in question are members of the Negishi family and their small company (total staff = 3) in the Sumida area of the capital. The family business originally specialised in metalwork used on the roof of shrines, but moved into garden-ware in the 1960s to accommodate demand for high quality implements for bonsai. The Negishi watering cans then and now have a special status among bonsai practitioners. The fall of the water from their nozzles has the feeling of rain. To accompany the experience of working with plants, in this way the user can have the sense of nature in their hand.
The handmade production process involves melting solder over hot coals, and allowing it to ‘flow’ with the maker’s skill on to the metal’s surface. Inevitably this means only a few can be made each day. A product hence with a limited production run, we have a small selection at wagumi.
A smaller version of Negishi’s long stemmed watering cans, the Choro is play on ‘chisai jorro’ - small watering can in Japanese. It retains Negishi’s professional quality in a smaller size and with its exchangeable nozzles can deliver water with accuracy or with the signature rain effect.
- For copper watering cans it is advisable to wipe remaining water after use, and not to leave water to stand in the can when not in use.
- After use, wipe the can lightly inside and out, and leave in to dry in an airy location. The cans do not respond well to enclosed spaces (such as wine cellars), or to direct sun.
- Following long term use, some changes in the material (and especially copper) will be noticeable. But as long as the care instructions are followed above, this is simply the natural process of the metal acquiring character with age.
- Well cared for, the metal will remain in good condition for at least ten years. In the event of damage or breakage, the product may be returned to Negishi in Tokyo for repair, subject to shipping and costs.
Stainless steel cans require less careful maintenance than copper, but as a general rule it is better to follow the same care instructions above.
Size: Height 11cm x Φ11cm (1L)
Package weight: 900g