Kaba-zaiku handiwork

Akita, Tohoku

Kaba-zaiku handiwork is made using the bark of the mountain cherry tree. Under the careful protection of the feudal lord who governed the area around Kakunodate-machi, Akita Prefecture in the latter half of the 18th century, kaba work developed as a side business for lower-ranking members of the samurai class. At this time kaba handiwork included inro (samurai pillboxs) for carrying personal seals or medicine, spectacle cases and netsuke (ornamental buttons used for hanging a pouch from clothing). The work features deep, subdued colors highlighting the luster of the bark. Nowadays, products include utensils for the tea ceremony such as tea caddies, as well as boxes for storing letters, and tea cabinets, brooches and tie pins. Kaba handiwork became a designated traditional craft in 1976.


Furusato Center:10-1 Omotemachi-shimocho, Kakunodate-machi, Senboku-shi, Akita
Admission Fee
Fee (per person): for a group of 5 or more: 1,500 yen for a group of 4: 2,000 yen for a group of 3: 2,300 yen for a group of 2: 2,500 yen for 1 person: 5,000 yen Capacity: 5-30 persons (please contact if 4 or less)

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