This week, I went to Kitano-kobo-no-machi, or
Kitano Meister Garden, in to experience Japanese candle making. Kobe Kitano Meister Garden, housed in a former elementary school building includes many brand-name stores, from sweets to traditional craft work. One of these stores is Matsumoto Shoten, a store specializing in Japanese candles. The main store is in Kobe Nishinomiya city, but you can experience creating your very own Japanese candle at . Kitano Meister Garden
The candles we usually see are made from paraffin, but Japanese candles are all carefully handmade from a substance called Mokuro. Mokuro is a type of wax created from the seeds of what is commonly known as the wax tree, or Hazenoki in Japanese. With a history dating back to the early
Edo era, Matsumoto Shoten is the only Japanese candle store in the entire prefecture, so creating a Japanese candle there was a very special experience.
Wax tree Seeds and Mokuro