Takaoka Bronze and Brass Ware refers to the traditional casting techniques that produce a broad range of bronze and brass artifacts in Takaoka, Toyama prefecture. The origin of Takaoka Ware is in Edo period, when 7 casting craftsmen were invited to open a new industry in the Takaoka area. Approximately 95% of all Bronze and Brass Ware in Japan is made in Takaoka city. A variety of casting techniques is used to create a broad range of objects, such as buddhist sculptures, bells and small artifacts. Brass products change their color over years because of oxidization and their texture becomes richer. In 1975, Takaoka Bronze and Brass Ware was designated a traditional craftwork of Japan.