Kamakura-bori is the style of a pattern carved in wood cut from the Katsura tree (Japanese Judas) or gingko and finished with lacquer. In many cases, Japanese plants and flowers are featured in the patterns. Its origin is considered to be the carved lacquerware of “Tsuishu (red lacquer)” and “Tsuikoku (black lacquer)” that came from China along with Zen Buddhism in the Kamakura period.
There are many shops selling Kamakura-bori around Wakamiya-Oji stretching from the JR Kamakura Station to the Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine. Learning more about Kamakura-bori at the “Kamakurabori Shiryoukan (Museum)”, and your shopping will be much more fun. The most popular Kamakura-bori items are trays and cake boxes. A set of small plates used to serve small portions of pickles or sweets will be used often! Apart from tableware, fountain pens and Kanzashi or Japanese hairpins would make an excellent gift.
Kamakurabori Shiryoukan (Museum)
Address: Kamakurabori Kaikan 1F, 2-15-13, Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0006
Hours: 09:30-17:00 (Admission is accepted up until 16:30)
Closed: Year-end through the New Year period, Irregular holidays
Admission: Adults 300 yen (250 yen for groups over 20 people)
-Junior high school students 200 yen (150 yen for groups over 20 people)
-Elementary school students 150 yen (100 yen for groups over 20 people)
Access: 5-minute walk from Kamakura Station on the JR Yokosuka/Eno-shima Dentetsu Line