Haze Handmade Candles
Based in Kawagoe, north of Tokyo, candle makers Haze conduct gentle explorations in the traditional material of Japan wax.
Japan wax is name given to the material obtained from the berries of sumac trees, and in particular the variety known as haze (pronounced ha-zeh) in Japan.
It is said that the material was first used in candle making in the Muromachi period of Japanese history (1336 to 1573), and reached its peak in providing light to important samurai and merchant families in the later Edo period.
Today, the cultivation of haze trees is limited to two sites in Kyushu (Japan’s southern island), and its use in candle making is subject to rediscovery.
From their premises in Kawagoe, Haze make each candle by hand, combining the rare Japan wax with even rarer rush and traditional paper wicks.
They describe the particular characteristic of the candles they make as being in the dancing flame and the gentle noise that they emit. The candles do not produce scent, and instead calm their owner with the presence they create.
Each is also visually striking, and presented in patterned boxes containing sets of two.
The varieties offered here are:
Kirin - A gradient colour candle made using Japan wax dried naturally for three months to become white, and coloured with pigment and hemp ash. The name is inspired by the mythical hooved creature of Chinese legend.
Ryugu castle - With a name taken from the underwater coral palace of ancient legend, this is a combination of soft marine colours.
Full moon - Striking orange pigment onto whitened Japan wax, is combined with darker shades to evoke the moon in the sky.
Blooming - Greens and oranges merge to create a vivid sense of spring, and flowers in bloom.
Tsuka no ma - Meaning one fleeting moment in time, tsukanoma packs the maximum colour into its duration of life.
They will burn for 70-80 minutes each.
Size: Height 15cm Width 1.3cm
Package weight: 100g