Concept Concept In the Okuizumo Region of Shimane, the fires of tatara ironmaking have continued to burn for over 1,000 years. Tatara operates by burning iron sand and charcoal in a clay furnace. Iron sand was chipped away from the mountains and trees were harvested and planted to make charcoal. The furnace itself was built then destroyed after each production cycle. The iron produced was used by craftsmen to create the tools used in daily life. Tools were order made, and maintenance was done by the craftsmen that made them. We have been raised using tools to last. Okuizumo regional culture and history has been shaped by tatara ironmaking for over 1,000 years. We hope you can enjoy your travels and find a tool to use for life, as was done in the days of tatara.