The production of Tsugaru-nuri lacquerware began when the feudal lord of Tsugaru, now Aomori Prefecture encouraged the production of Japanese lacquerware from the latter half of the 17th century to the beginning of the 18th century. In Tsugaru-nuri items such as jubako, tiered boxes for serving food and tableware are made by covering a wooden base with cloth and brushing on 40 layers of lacquer. This process takes over 50 days to complete, producing elegant, robust pieces with a beautiful luster and floral pattern. Tsugaru-nuri is popular in Japan not only for practical use but also for use in interior decorations, and was designated a traditional craft by the government in 1975.
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