Aizu-nuri lacquerware

Fukushima, Tohoku

Aizu-nuri lacquerware boasts a 500-year history, and is distinguished by its colorful decoration using a special technique. In the mid-15th century, the feudal lord who governed this region encouraged the development of lacquerware, inviting craftsmen engaged in making soup bowls to the region to spread the technique. Successive rulers continued to promote lacquerware, with the introduction of a technique of gold-relief decoration using gold and silver pigments from Kyoto also contributing to the steady development of Aizu-nuri. Products include shallow dinner trays, bowls, trays, and tiered boxes. Aizu-nuri was designated a traditional craft in 1975.


Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima

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