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Lacquerware, also known as Japanware, includes various utensils and objects of art coated with lacquer from the Japanese lacquer tree. The lacquer not only gives the basic materials a beautiful appearance but also binds them and protects them from corrosives and moisture.

Wood, leather, paper, porcelain and metal are used as the basic materials. The lacquer is usually applied in three coats; undercoat, middle coat, and top coat. Wajima lacquerware from Ishikawa prefecture is one of the most famous types.