The relationship between human and flame is one that is older than time, and without it we wouldn’t be who we are today. Indeed, the flame can destroy but it can also be controlled. And when it is, provides irreplaceable nourishment and comfort. For over 100 years, Daiyo has contemplated this relationship, producing a series of handmade Japanese candles, or warousoku, intended to be brought inside the home to supplement our lifestyles.

Founded in 1914, Daiyo is a 4th generation family business of candlemakers who are based in Shiga prefecture, Japan. There are 2 types of fires, says the company: Hinoe and HinotoHinoe, the elder brother fire, and Hinoto, the younger brother fire, live without hierarchy but in a Yin-Yang relationship. The elder brother fire is like the flame of a burning sun. It is wild and must be handled with care. The younger brother fire is much smaller, and can be handled with our hands.

All of Daiyo’s candles are made from hand by master craftsmen who source only the finest of natural materials. Because they’re virtually free of contaminants, the candles burn for almost twice as long compared to contemporary candles with almost no smoke or drippage. Unlike typical candles that are made from hydrocarbons (or fossil fuels), these are environmentally friendly and perfect for indoor use.

You can explore some of Daiyo’s warousoku at the Spoon & Tamago shop.