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YOKKAICHI CITY & BANKO-WARE
THE ORIGIN OF SOA
SOA originally come from a city called Yokkaichi, located in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The city is about 50km away from Nagoya city – one of Japan’s important manufacturing and shipping hub city. Population of Yokkaichi city is about 300,000+ and has area of about 206km2. Some popular places of the city include Yokkaichi Port Building, Tarusaka Park, Suwa Park, Kasumigaura Ryokuchi, Miyadumakyou, Suzuka Forest Garden and Watamukiyama.
The name of the city – Yokkaichi means “fourth day market” in Japanese. This is because the city area including port and market was develop during Kamakura and Azuchi-Momoyama Period, and the market of the city during the period operates on every 4th, 14th and 24th of the month, therefore giving rise to the name of “fourth day market”.
SPECIALTY PRODUCT FROM YOKKAICHI CITY.
Home to many Japanese products such as chemical products, cement, textiles, tea, automobiles and even some of the electronic components produced by Toshiba, Yokkaichi is also well known of manufacturing Banko-ware.
WITH DEDICATED AND AMBITIOUS MIND
In year 1991, SOA first setup its oversea location in Malaysia. Batu Gajah was chosen because then a respectable town mayor has called for foreign investment in the vicinity of Bemban Industry Estate, in order to boost the industrial development activity. In response to the mayor request, SOA was one of the company that participated, others included some major Japanese companies such as Murata electronics and Sagami manufacturers.
Batu Gajah is a town in Perak state of Malaysia. Located approximately 20km away from the capital city of Perak – Ipoh, its location provides proximity conveniences when it comes to sourcing of material supplies and talents. Such features enable SOA Malaysia to operate for more than 30 years in Malaysia. The key factor has driven SOA Malaysia to continue to operate in the region is by equipping the local members with the dedicated and fine workmanship inherited from Japan, it aims to bring the premium quality and service standards with acceptable level of cost to this region.
In year of 2015, SOA Malaysia acquired by Rensoon Sdn Bhd, a manufacturing company specialized on sewing machine table stand. Being now subsidiary under Rensoon Sdn, the company is operated by Rensoon Ceramics Sdn Bhd with its brand name SOA Ceramics continue in the market. With the direction of preserving most of manufacturing facilities and public relation as one of the most important heritage by SOA Malaysia, the name of ‘SOA Malaysia’ is still being widely recognised by customers and suppliers.
Malaysia and Japan commonly share traits with its well-known food culture, it is our strong belief in kitchenware and tableware is one of the essential elements that produce delicious food. Such importance are seen to be equal to the quality of food material. Where majority of public tends to focus only on the latter and omits the earlier. Therefore, our core mission is also to provide appropriate usage of banko-ware to the public. By doing so, this does not only enhance taste of food, it also prolong lifespan of the products.
If you wish to know more about banko-ware, please contact our sales personnel today!
WHAT IS BANKO-WARE?
Banko-ware is a type of pottery and porcelain that contains petalite which is capable of withstand high temperature. This type of characteristic is commonly categorised as Stoneware in the west. Although the production process differ by category of ceramic, by using Kiln, the raw material is required to go through temperature as high as 1200℃ to form Banko-ware.
Due to its thermal characteristic, Banko-ware often comes in form of high quality product such as teapot and earthenware pot for various cooking and dining purposes in Japan. Especially earthenware pot, it is said that up to 70%~80% of such pot in Japan are of this type.
For many centuries, Banko-ware crafting art been spread across the region. The first of such art craft dated back to 17th century of ancient Japanese era. The founder then has marking of ‘Banko Fueki’ in all his products, which means ‘eternally constant’ in Japanese. That was how the name ‘Banko-ware’ came by.
In 1979, Banko-ware been announced as Yokkaichi representative traditional craft. Annually, ‘Banko Matsuri’ (Banko-ware festival) is being held in Toeicho area in Yokkaichi. During the festival, hundreds of Banko-ware crafts being showcased at the street, it turns the place into another tourist hotspot on that period.