everal Japanese-made cast-iron teapots are part of the collection stored in the Sakhalin Regional Museum. One of them (KP-5237/1) has been restored (Restoration Council of June 19, 2019). The item was produced in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Karafuto governorate, donated to the museum in 1991 by Kim Il Sung, who came to Sakhalin in the early 1940s.
Tetsubin is a traditional Japanese cast-iron kettle used for boiling water and making tea. Its history could be traced back more than five centuries. As a rule, this is a hand crafted teapot decorated with a beautiful relief designs on the outside and simple inside. Kettles range widely in size and shape. There are teapots for one or two cups of tea, and ten or more.
Tetsubin were traditionally heated over burning coals, since an open fire could damage a cast-iron kettle. It was believed that water in the process of boiling in such a teapot is enriched with iron, thereby improving its taste, it becomes softer and sweeter, has a beneficial effect on health. The inside of the kettle was wiped dry after each use.
The photographs show the object after restoration