Kamakura-bori carving

Kanagawa, Kanto

In the mid-13th century when the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture was the political center of Japan, many Zen Buddhist temples were built there. Kamakura-bori carving is said to have originated when a Buddhist monk skilled in carving worked on sculptures for these temples, and coated them with a lacquer finish. The first items carved are believed to have been those used for religious ceremonies, then when the tea ceremony became popular carvers began to make utensils such as lidded incense containers and trays for use in the tea ceremony. Kamakura carving was designated a traditional craft in 1979.


Kamakura Carving Museum:2-15-130 Komachi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa
[Walk]JR Kamakura Station/On foot/5 min.

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