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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS

Aomori

Tsugaru Nuri

Tsugaru Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Beginning of Tsugaru Nuri dates back early in the Edo era. When craftsman made with Laquer Ware which was renewed by feudal lord of Tsugaru feudal clan whether it is meal began, we are informed.

The making of this ware dates back to the beginning of the 17th century, when the fourth generation of leaders of the Tsugaru clan engaged craftsmen skilled in the making of lacquer ware. A production center became established toward the end of the 19th century and the craft developed from the traditional skills which had been acquired over the preceding period of approximately 300 years.

Iwate

Hidehira Nuri

Hidehira Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

We had our own way with power and financial power in Hiraizumi-cho, Iwate for last years of the Heian era, and, with Oshu Fujiwara who brought Buddhist art including Chuson-ji gold temple (chusonjikonjikido) on this ground, Hidehira Nuri was begun.

This lacquer craft really began when Ohshu Fujiwara wielded power over Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture toward the end of the Heian period (794-1185). It was he who lent this support to the building of the temple, Chusonji with its famous Konjikido and many fine pieces of Buddhist art in general.

Iwate

Joboji Nuri

Joboji Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

There was the name called Joboji Nuri from the Jobouji whole families who ruled over North Iwate in the Middle Ages, and becomes the place name.

Joboji Nuri takes its name from the Joboji family which ruled the northern part of Iwate Prefecture during the middle ages, and it is also the name of the area.

Miyagi

Naruko Shikki

Naruko Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Early in the Edo era, feudal lord who ruled over area equal to current Narukocho, Miyagi sends local Laquer Ware craftsman and lacquer work craftsman out for ascetic practices in Kyoto and is called that we planned promotion of Naruko Shikki.

At the beginning of the 17th century, the lord of the fief in the area where Naruko is situated, dispatched lacquerers and maki-e craftsmen to Kyoto to develop their skills, in an attempt to raise the popularity of the local product. According to a late 18th century document various household items were being produced and by then the production of lacquer ware was the main employment for the people of Naruko.

Akita

Kawatsura Shikki

Kawatsura Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

It is done with opening that we gave vassal an order for younger brother of feudal lord who ruled over this district in the Kamakura era painting arms with lacquer using beech and lacquer cut and brought down from local mountain as side job.

The beginnings of this craft go back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333), when the younger brother of the lord of the fief who ruled this area, ordered the retainers to take up lacquering pieces of armor and weaponry as a job, using locally tapped lacquer and Japanese beech cut from the mountains in the area. The making of bowls began in earnest in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) and by the end of the period work was concentrated on the three districts of Kawatsura in what is now Inakawa-cho, Odate and Minashi and the making of everyday pieces of household goods flourished in what had become a production center.

Fukushima

Aizu Nuri

Aizu Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

What recommended that the whole families who had power in this district in the Muromachi era plant lacquered tree does by opening.

It was the planting of lacquer trees promoted by a powerful local family during the Muromachi period (1392-1573) that led to the making of Aizu Nuri. Then, when Gamo Ujisato who hailed from present-day Shiga Prefecture arrived to head the Aizu clan in the Momoyama period (1573-1600), he brought skilled lacquerers to this northern region from Shiga. Their skills were disseminated and as a result of fostering the development of techniques in crafts using lacquer, Aizu soon became a production center for all kinds of lacquer ware.

Kanagawa

Kamakura Bori

Kamakura Carved and Lacquered Ware

Laquer Ware

When denomination of Buddhism called Zen Buddhism came from Chugoku in the Kamakura era, much art industrial art objects have been imported together.

When Zen Buddhism was introduced from China during the Kamakura period (1185-1333), many arts and crafts were imported at the same time. Sculptors of Buddhist images and carpenters who built temples and shrines were influenced by examples of carved lacquer ware called tsuishu and tsuikoku that were amongst these Chinese imports.

Kanagawa

Odawara Shikki

Odawara Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

It is in the middle of the Muromachi era, and it is said to be opening to have painted container of turnery made using abundant wood of Mount Hakone origin with lacquer.

The earliest examples of this ware were pieces of lacquered turned goods made from the plentiful supplies of wood available from the mountains around Hakone in the Muromachi period (1333-1568).

Niigata

Murakami Kibori Tsuishu

Murakami Carved and Lacquered Ware

Laquer Ware

Murakami district of Niigata is known as the natural lacquered production ground widely from the Heian era.

The Murakami area of Niigata Prefecture has been well known since the Heian period (794-1185) as a natural lacquer producing area. Using this refined sap, Murakami Kibori Tsuishu dates back to the beginning of the 15th century.

Niigata

Niigata Shikki

Niigata Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Lacquering technology came from other production centers at the beginning of the Edo era, and monopoly area of lacquer ware called wooden bowl shop was established in current old town in 1638 (Kanei 15), and protectionism had stolen.

Techniques were originally introduced from other centers where lacquer ware was being made at the beginning of 17th century but in 1638, a specialist area for the selling of japanned goods was established under the name of a ""bowl store"" in what is now Furumachi, and received official protection. By 1819, the craft was well enough established for a list of ""master lacquerers"" to be recorded.

Nagano

Kiso Shikki

Kiso Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

Opening is 17 turns of the century. Originally, in nature of the locality that the making of bare wood using hinoki of abundant Kiso was prosperous, we received utmost protection of Owari Tokugawa feudal clan in the Edo era and developed.

It was the beginning of the 17th century when this craft got its start, very much founded on the plentiful supplies of local Japanese cypress for the production of carcasses for goods rich in local color. Subsequently the craft developed under firm patronage from the Owari Tokugawa clan through the Edo Period (1603-1868) and this craft became popular with those travelling along the Nakasendo Highway.

Toyama

Takaoka Shikki

Takaoka Lacquer Ware

Laquer Ware

When feudal lord Toshinaga Maeda of Kaga feudal clan built Takaoka Castle in current Takaoka-shi, Toyama at the beginning of the Edo era, what let you make everyday life products such as arms and chest, low dining table does Takaoka Shikki by opening.

This lacquer craft started at the beginning of the Edo Period (1600-1868), when the lord of the Kaga clan wielding power over the Hokuriku region built Takaoka castle in what is now Takaoka City. It was then that lacquerers began making all manners of household goods as well as chests and lacquered items of armor and weaponry.