Tin ware has a long history in Japan. First introduced to the country about 1300 years ago, tin was considered second only to gold and silver in terms of value and was used to make goods for palaces and shrines.
Later when tea culture arrived from China, it was used to make containers and vessels for tea.
Osaka became a major production center when craftsmen came to the city during the Edo period.
The business grew rapidly with over 250 craftsmen working there.
But things changed drastically when tin became scarce during the second world war, and it proved impossible to restore the industry to its former glory.