Chooro by Negishi Industry Co.
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.