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Christmas is coming - but you probably know that already. Iron Kitchen won't be exhibiting at any shows this festive season but never fear, you can still get your hands on some fantastic gifts and at great prices. 

We are offering 10% off on all orders over £100 if you purchase by 31 December 2016.

Just write PROMO Code "XMAS16" when you get to the checkout to receive your 10% discount.

And that's not all, we are also giving free delivery on all order £70(PROMO code FREE70).

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Happy Christmas shopping!

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The Iron Kitchen Guide to Japan -No.5-

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Mount Takao

If you aren't doing Fuji and you want monkeys and mountains, this is the place. If you go, you also need to visit the Takao-san Monkey Park

 

Kyoto – Kiyomisudera

The most famous temple in Japan.

 

Nara Deer Park

For all your feeding deer and reclining Buddha needs. 

 

Kamakura Giant Buddha

If you only see one Buddha, make it this Buddha (or the other one above). View on http://www.sacred-destinations.com/japan/kamakura-great-buddha

 

Yoyogi Park

Go for the greenery - stay for the Goths. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3034_002.html

 

Kinkakuji, Kyoto

Famed Golden Pavillion may be a travel cliché but it is breathtakingly beautiful. www.japan- guide.com/e/e3908.html

The Iron Kitchen Guide to Japan -No.4-

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Odaiba

A bit of geek’s paradise – my husband loves this place. There’s a giant Gundam robot and my husband bought a full yellow and black replica Bruce Lee outfit here. It also has a decent Ferris Wheel and aquarium.
Tokyo Travel: Odaiba (Daiba) 

 

Shinjuku - Kabuki-cho / Golden Gai

Good for a night out - loads of food, bars, etc. Blade Runner meets Soho vibe. Old school Tokyo – loads of tiny, lovely bars and eateries.  

 

Yokohama

If you get a chance, go to Yokohama, it's loads of fun and the Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum and Mall is there. 

 

Akihabara

For all your electronics needs – you may need transformers and plug adaptors but great place for a visit even if you’re not buying. akiba.or.jp/english/ 

 

The Iron Kitchen guide to Japan -No.3-

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Tsukiji Fish Market

Loads of fun and a must for sushi lovers. Drinking sake and Japanese beer and eating raw fish at 7 in the morning with market workers will give you a taste for the real Japan. Get there early – 4am or 5am in the morning. 

 

Flea markets Osaka

Osaka has shiploads of flea markets and vintage shops - we spent days and days wandering around these. 

 

Sumo wrestling

Tickets can be hard to come by but it's a must if you can get there. View on http://www.sumo.or.jp/en/index

 

Skytree

Tallest tower in the world – great views (obviously). 

 

Tokyo Imperial Palace

You’ll be going here anyway but here’s a link www.japan-guide.com/e/e3017.html

 

 

 

 

 

The Iron Kitchen guide to Japan -No.2-

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Nikko Edo Village

Fabulous Ninja theme park. Even my husband’s 70-year-old dad enjoyed it and he doesn’t like anything except his grandson, Scotch and crime novels! 

 

Fuji Q Highland and Onsen at Fuji Q Highland

Fuji Q is a great theme park and has the biggest roller coaster in Japan plus a terrifying J- horror exhibit/maze/performance art chase. The bath house (onsen) next door is excellent. 

 

Alice in Wonderland restaurant

Fun, weird and does a lovely stew. A must for Lewis Carroll, Disney or Cosplay fans. Alice's Fantasy Restaurant

 

Ueno Koen Zoo and flea market

Beautiful park and zoo in the heart of Tokyo. If you're not into zoos, the park is lovely and the flea markets are great. 

 

Alcatraz ER

Not anyone's idea of a local but fun for an evening.  http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/venue/23574/Alcatraz-ER

 

 

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So you’ve bought a teapot, drunk some sencha and eaten sushi. Now it’s time to visit the place they all came from

I don’t know how many times I hear people say: “I’d love to visit Japan but it’s just so expensive/far away/difficult”. All wrong (except the far away bit – it is far away!). However, if you do want to take a trip to the country where you cast-iron teapot was born, here are a few recommendations – some known, some a little off the beaten track.

 

The Iwate factory

This is where Iron Kitchen’s cast-iron teapots are born and grow up. Why not take a trip to the factory and watch some masterful artisans at work?

Adding extra iron to your diet

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An Iron Kitchen cast iron kettle may help those with iron deficiency

Iron is an essential mineral. And despite healthier diets and lifestyles, iron deficiency is still the most common nutritional disorder in the world, according to the Wolrd Health Organisation and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The deficiency can lead to anaemia, whose symptoms include fatigue and irritability among others.

However, a number of studies have found that using iron teapots and cooking with iron utensils can increase the iron content in the body.

A report from the American Dietetic Association revealed that when using cast iron teapots, a good amount of iron is leached into the boiling water. This results in the tea becoming infused with iron and tea drinkers receiving a boost of iron, minerals and nutrients. 

A further study by the American Dietetic Association found that cooking with cast iron can increase the iron content in food, while a report in the medial journal The Lancet stated that children fed food from iron pots had lower rates of anaemia and better growth than children whose food was cooked in aluminium pots. 

Obviously those suffering from such a deficiency should seek medial attention, however, the health benefits of iron cookware have been proven and give you just one more reason to buy an Iron Kitchen teapot. To get the best iron infusion, we recommend buying the IWACHU Cast iron Kettle/teapot - Set ARARE, which is not enamelled and can be used on you stove.

 

A haven for cast-iron lovers in Tokyo

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How one Tokyo shop is keeping the cast-iron traditional alive and well

A couple of month’s back, I came across this lovely article (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2016/01/08/food/a-cast-iron-teapot-in-tokyos-kitchenware-district/#.VyC-FGMfCN8) in the Japan Times about a small cast-iron cookware in Tokyo called Kama Asa. It’s written by designer Jasper Morrison and gives a short insight into how the Japanese are keeping the cast-iron cookware traditional alive. We hope you like it.

 

It's National Tea Day, so why not get a proper teapot?

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If you're celebrating the only day of the year devoted to tea, then surely you should get yourself something special

It's the 21st of April and it's a special day in the tea calendar. In fact, it's probably the only special day in the tea calendar. Actually, there's no such thing as a tea calendar and we're not really sure that National Tea day should really be a thing but it is, so we thought we'd celebrate it.
Whether you're a fan of Oolong, Green or Builder's, there's no better way to enjoy a cuppa than with a genuine Iwachu cast-iron teapot from Iron Kitchen. Our teapots keep the tea hotter for longer, bring out the full flavour of the brew and look glorious. 
So, on this special day for all things tea, why not treat yourself? And even if you don't purchase an Arare or a Hikifune teapot, we still wish you the happiest of National Tea Days.
And, no,  it's still not a thing.

Tea can extend your life – sort of…

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A couple of cuppas can help you live longer…if you happen to be a woman in your 70s and 80s.
According to Australian researchers, 40% of women in their Helen-Mirren/Maggie Smith years are less likely to pass away during the five years studied than other females of a similar age.
Tea, or more specifically, the flavonoids in it, also appeared to protect against the ravages of heart disease and cancer. Detailed information about their diet, including the amount of tea and coffee drunk, was used to work out what level of flavonoids they were consuming.
Deaths from heart disease and cancer – the two biggest killers of elderly women – were down, as well as the overall risk of death.
The Australian researchers analysed the health records of more than 1,000 women aged 75-plus.

Milky tea is just the worst

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A new survey from military charity SSAFA  has found that too much milk is the UK’s top tea turn-off. 

The top ten are as follows: 

1. Too milky (64%)
2. Mug not rinsed out properly (63%)
3. Watery residue on top of tea (53%)
4. Bag left in the mug (52%)
5. Mug of tea only half full (50%)
6. Mug is chipped (46%)
7. When tea has spilled into the saucer (32%)
8. The mug isn’t properly dried, leaving rings on the desk (29%)
9. The wrong type of tea is used (28%)
10. Not milky enough (27%)

The poll comes ahead of SSAFA’s Big Brew Up campaign which takes place across the UK from 22-28 June. It encourages friends, colleagues and family members to host tea parties to raise vital funds for the Armed Forces family.

UK drinks enough tea in a year to fill 5,300 Olympic swimming pools

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We’re not just a nation of tea drinkers – we’re  nation of tea obsessives, accordingto a new survey by children’s charity Dreams Come True

The survey revealed that the average person drinks enough to have three baths full of tea a year and that each of spends around £12,500 on tea over our lifetimes.

 The findings, which were announced to mark the start of children’s  charity Dreams Come True’s Dream Tea week, also found that a third of respondents will put the kettle on and make a cup of tea when they feel stressed.

Tea is the new booze – kind of…

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We Brits (and we Japanese, too) love a drink, especially now that summer is allegedly here (although it doesn’t look it from where I’m sitting). But maybe not as much as we love a cup of tea, according to a brand new report from research firm Mintel. The survey found that 62% of people see drinking tea as a good alternative to booze.

Now, we’re not advocating that you all immediately switch to becoming teetotalers – summer wouldn’t be the same without Pimms at Wimbledon or beers at a barbecue or even lukewarm cider at Glastonbury – but there are times when tea – iced or hot – can be a suitable substitute for the strong stuff. Here are ten perfect occasions when tea can be a excellent alcohol alternative:

1. At dinnertime. Asian food is perfectly complemented by tea. Sen Cha or green tea is perfect with Japanese food while more delicate Jasmine or Oolong complements Chinese food perfectly.

2. At the pub. We realize it’s a bit weird sipping a cuppa while the rest of the world quaffs pints or knocks back Jager bombs but one London drinkery (not sure if that’s a real word) has set itself up as a tea pub http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/somethings-brewing-specialist-tea-pub-set-for-balham-10313667.html

3. After a night out. We’ve all done it – you have a night out, you come home and decide to have a ‘night cap’ (which is still the most seventies expression ever). Instead why not keep some sweet decaf ice tea or a bottle of cold Oolong tea in the fridge – you’ll thank yourself for it in the morning.

4. At a BBQ. Don’t dispense with the beer and wine completely, but keep this great BBC Good Food Citrus Ice Tea recipe http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4618/citrus-iced-tea to hand.

5. At a picnic. If the weather picks up and you can get outside for a picnic, why not try this deliciously different cranberry and orange ice tea all the way from Australia http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/18850/cranberry+and+orange+iced+tea

6. For Birthdays. Thinking of buying tour loves ones a pair of socks or a four-pack of Old Speckled Hen (and yes, this has happened to one of us at Iron Kitchen)? Why not make their day with a our colourful IWACHU ARARE teapots instead? Remember a teapot is not just for a birthday, but for life.

7. At lunchtime. The days of boozy three-hour Mad Men style lunches are over (sadly?) but most of us are still partial to odd lunchtime pint or glass of Pinot. If you need to be fresh for the afternoon, why not switch to ice tea and keep a clear head.

8. For a treat. Anniversaries and birthdays normally involve a boozy night out but they don’t have to. Why not treat your loved one to a special afternoon tea http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9124793/Londons-ten-best-afternoon-teas.html ,instead?

A cuppa is one of the top 50 things that make our day – it’s official (-ish)

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According to a new survey of 2,000 people, sunny days, a perfect boiled and a good cup of tea are three of the top 50 things that make our day. 

It would appear that the simple things in life can really make a difference.  As reported in the Western Daily Press, Sarah Loosemore, Customer Services Director of Interparcel which commissioned the research, said: "When we get caught up in stress of daily routine, a small gesture or surprise can make all the difference."

The top three things that make our day are:
1. Waking up to a sunny morning
2. Fresh bed sheets
3. Getting unexpected post

A morning cup of tea came in at number 15 – 17 places above ice cream and 35 places above getting a match on Tinder. Who’d have thought that?  

Get dad a proper gift for Father’s Day

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This week, most dads will be saying the same things: “Oh, don’t worry about me, Idon’t really want anything. I’m fine.” And this is why most dads will end up with gifts like Now that’s what I call Dad Rock 15; a mug with World’s Greatest Dad on it (or as I received once, a T-shirt with World’s Greatest Mug on it); or a novelty Homer Simpson bobble head for the back of the car. 

Dads, it’s time to speak up. Kids, it’s time to think outside of the gift-shop/DIY-shaped box. Does your dad love tea? Well, look no further than Iron Kitchen for the perfect Father’s Day gift. There’s a teapot to suit all kinds of dads.

For arty dads: A beautiful IWACHU HIKIFUNE , as recommended by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

For practical dads: The solid and sturdy IWACHU SENBIKI.

For dads who really like their tea: Our brand new 1.2L IWACHU HIRA ARARE

For colourful dads: The dazzling IWACHU ARARE red,

For dads who like a little bling: Our new gold IWACHU HIRA ARARE

For dads who want it all: Our IWACHU ARARE Set with teapot and trivet

Iron Kitchen on Great British Chefs

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After our appearance at Hyper Japan last year, we were featured on the Great British Chefs site. Writer Helen Best-Shaw said about our red IWACHU HIKIFUNE teapot that she “loved this beautiful sleek modern take on a traditional Iwachu Japanese tea pot from Iron Kitchen”.  You can have a look here. And of course, check out some great recipes from the site (especially those that go well with tea, like Nathan Outlaw’s flapjacks.

To read the article, visit http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/community/hyper-japan-2014-food-review