Hida Shunkei lacquer

Gifu, Chubu

Shunkei lacquer is said to have begun with the lacquer craftsman Shunkei of Izumi Sakai (now the city of Sakai in Osaka) between the 14th and 15th centuries. Tradition has it that Hida-shunkei was first made at the beginning of the 16th century when the lacquer craftsman Narita Sanemon coated a tray presented as a gift by the carpenter Takahashi Kizaemon from the current Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Hida-shunkei lacquer work is characterized by the simple beauty of bark from trees such as Japanese cypress, sawara cypress and Japanese horse chestnut, and a coating technique using a slightly transparent light yellow lacquer. Tiered boxes, trays, vases, tea service utensils, confectionery dishes and other items are now produced in the city of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture and the surrounding regions. Hida-shunkei lacquerware was designated a traditional craft in 1975.’


Kamioka-cho, Yoshiki-gun, Gifu

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