Yamanaka lacquerware

Ishikawa, Chubu

Yamanaka-shikki lacquerware was first made when craftsmen in search of good materials moved to this region in the latter half of the 16th century. Around the 18th century, craftsmen here produced items for everyday use such as soup bowls, trays and souvenirs for visitors to Yamanaka Spa, and the lacquerware industry grew along with development of the spa. In the first half of the 19th century, new lacquering techniques and a maki-e technique were introduced. The maki-e technique involves drawing designs using gold/silver powders before the lacquer dries. These laid the innovative foundations for the beautiful Yamanaka maki-e lacquerware seen today. Nowadays products include trays, tiered boxes and utensils for the Japanese tea ceremony. Yamanaka lacquerware was designated a traditional craft in 1975.


(Yamanaka Lacquerware Traditional Industry Museum) 268-2 I, Tsukatani-machi, Yamanaka-machi, Enuma-gun, Ishikawa
[Bus]JR Kaga Onsen Stn. / Bus / 25-min. ride / Katsuragi-cho Stop / 3-min. walk

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