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Iga Mortar & Sansho Pestle – XL




Mortar: Igaware (Clay pottery)

Pestle: Sansho wood (Japanese pepper tree)

Made in Japan

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Mortar: ⌀ 27 x H 11cm

Pestle: L 34 x ⌀ 4 cm approx.


SKU: AZM42080 Categories: , Tags: , , ,

The Azmaya’s Iga ceramic mortar bowl features a delicate combed interior, providing the ideal surface type for grinding sesame seeds, beans, miso, tofu and many other herbs and spices.  Use in combination with the wooden Sansho Pestle and you will unfold the most enticing and delicious flavours for all your home cooked meals!


Handcrafted using traditional techniques, Iga-ware uses clay and natural glazes local to the Iga region (Mie Prefecture) which are extremely resistant to heat and react well to repeated firing. Iga clay offers an elevated level of hardness while the pebbles in the clay result in natural character and texture. The solidly rustic style provides an organic and easy presence in your kitchen, while the simple beauty of the outer glaze builds on the functionality of the bowl by allowing it to double as an elegant serving dish. After grinding your seasonings, simply add the rest of your ingredients and serve to your friends and family directly from the bowl. 


*Due to the handcrafted quality of these products, individual differences in shade, gloss & size of glaze are to be expected.


After every use, gently clean the interior comb with a Tawashi brush, dry it well and store in a well-ventilated area. Do not use metal cleaning utensils, as it may damage the fine ridges. In order to best protect the Iga ceramics from stain or odour, before first use, please follow the care instructions provided.


✕ Gas stove top

◎ Microwave

✕ IH (Induction heating)

✕ Oven

✕ Dishwasher



  1. Place the vessel in a pot of rice water* (white cloudy water left after rinsing rice)
  2. Simmer for about 10 minutes**.
  3. Wipe off the slimy moisture with a soft cloth, and dry well.

*Rice water can be replaced with leftover rice, porridge, wheat flour, or potato starch with water added.

** Depending on the vessel size, we recommend soaking for about at least 10 minutes to 2 hours. 

By doing this work, the fine cracks on the surface are blocked with starch, making it difficult for stains and odors to adhere. The small cracks that can be seen inside and outside the vessel occurring naturally due to the nature of the soil from Iga, and can be used without any problem. 



  1. Hand wash your Iga ware well with a scrubbing brush (Tawashi brush is recommended.)
  2. Dry it thoroughly and store in a dry area. Insufficient drying can lead to mold growth. 
  3. Do not use hardware such as a metal brush as it may damage the skin of the vessel causing water leakage or cracks. 
  4. If there is remaining odor from food, season your product with boiling tea leaves for about 10 minutes. The ingredients contained in tea will absorb the odor. If it becomes moldy, add vinegar, and let it boil for about 10 minutes. The sterilization and deodorant action of vinegar is effective. 


Since 1997


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Making the best use of skilled Japanese craftsmanship, Azmaya collaborates with artisans, designers, and small local manufactures to revive an old Japanese aesthetic sense.

From beautifully crafted tableware and functionally calculated kitchenware, their specialized housewares are made with a consistent commitment to using traditional techniques and only the highest quality materials found in Japan.   

While respecting the traditions of Japanese craftwork, Azmaya creates something new by modifying the design to match tested Japanese “tools” with the present age. The collection features minimalist design reflecting the high level of skill and superior techniques of the artisans today.

Easy to use, made to last. Our new standard in everyday life.


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279 East 6th Ave

Vancouver, BC V5T 1J7



Phone: 604 423 3679

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Wednesday ~ Saturday: 12:00 ~ 18:00

Sunday: 12:00 ~ 17:00

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Closed from Dec 24, 2021 - Jan 21, 2022

Reopen from Saturday Jan 22, 2022




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