Legend has it that the first candles, made from bees wax, arrived in Japan with the introduction of Buddhism during the Nara Period (the 8th century).
By the Edo Period (1603 - 1868), trees providing the raw materials for traditional Japanese provided light for everyday purposes, and came to be used in traditional entertainment such as Noh and Kabuki.
The city of Nanao, in Ishikawa Prefecture, flourished during this time as a port of call for Kitamae "Northbound ships" due to its excellent natural port. Wax from Kyushu and Japanese paper (wa-shi) from Iwami (in Shimane Prefecture), used for wicks, were brought to Nanao to produce traditional Japanese candles. The finished product was then transported throughout Japan by Kitamae.
The guild-made Japanese candle called "rousokuza" continued to be made in Nanao until the late 19th century.
Takazawa Candle was founded in 1892 and continues this tradition.