Classic Iga-yaki Donabe (Yu-series), “Kizeto”

Authentic Iga-Yaki pottery, by Nagatani-en from Iga, Japan.
Iga-yaki is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics, which is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in late 7th Century. Nagatani-en, founded in 1832, is the leading producer of Iga-yaki potteries. Nagatani-en’s product has been loved by both professional chefs and home cooks.

Classic-style donabe for many different purposes

This is a very classic-style donabe which you can use for many different kinds of dishes. In Japan, almost every household has at least one classic-style donabe and use it to cook a variety of hot pot dishes including shabu shabu and sukiyaki on tabletop with your family and friends. The classic-style donabe is also ideal for stewing or braising.  Because Iga clay has the higher heat-resistance, you can cook with it over gas range or in the oven.


Light-weight Classic Iga-yaki donabe (Yu-series) “Kizeto”

“Yu-series, Kizeto” is a unique handleless donabe, which looks like a UFO. The wide rim of the donabe makes it easier for you to lift it.

“Yu-series” donabe is specially designed to be light-weight (about 2/3 weight of a regular donabe of the same size), so this can become your handy partner in the kitchen.

This donabe has the “unfinished” rustic beauty with the earthy tone. The donabe works great as an “all-purpose” donabe, or you can also use it as a serving bowl for wonderful presentation.


True “Terroir” of Iga

One of the reasons which make Iga-yaki donabe (Iga-style clay pot) so special is the clay.
Iga region, where this donabe is from, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa in the pre-historic time. The clay from this region naturally has the higher level of heat-resistance, therefore the potteries for the open-flame use have been made in this region for many hundreds of years. Because the clay from Iga consists of higher content of carbonated organisms from the pre-historic time, the clay which makes Iga-style donabe is generally porous. Therefore, it “breathes” during cooking. When cooked with Iga-style donabe, porous clay benefits the donabe to retain the heat fully before it’s penetrated to the core of each ingredient in the donabe. Also, the glaze of the surface of the donabe promotes the far infrared radiation (FIR) when heated. This FIR also helps the heat to slowly reach each ingredient for the even cooking.

General Product Info – Classic Iga-yaki Donabe (Yu-series), “Kizeto”


  • Clay Pot (Ceramic)
  • Made by Nagatani-en
  • Origin: Iga, Japan
  • The parts consist of the pot (bottom part) and the top lid
  • The package also includes an English instruction sheet.
  • Not suitable for dishwasher

Kizeto (Medium size)

Classic Iga-yaki Donabe. Ideal for 2-3 people.


Product #: ZN-77

  • Size: W30 cm (12″) diameter – incl. handles x H14.5 cm (5″)
  • Capacity: 1,500 ml (about 6 cups)
  • Weight: 1.7 kg (about 3.1 lbs) very light!

Kizeto (Small size)

Same artistic details. Ideal for individual serving.


Product #: ZN-76

  • Size: W20 cm (8″) diameter – incl. handles x H14cm (4.5″)
  • Capacity: 800 ml (about 3.5 cups)
  • Weight: 0.8 kg (about 1.8 lbs)