Wajimanuri lacquerware is produced and sold mainly in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Although artifacts have been discovered dating from before the Muromachi period, it is considered that the technique was only firmly established in the Edo period. Because of the thick base, the lacquerware has both beauty and solidity making it popular for catering in Japanese-style hotels and luxury restaurants. It is characterized by a profound color and luster, and a smooth texture, obtained from applying more than one hundred processes. Delicate and graceful gold-foil embellishment is often applied by using such techniques as chinkin with its incised and gold-filled decoration, or the sprinkled gold powder of maki-e. Wajimanuri, while being appreciated for their utility, are also acknowledged as objets d'art of the highest quality.
Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture
Sights to See
Wajima Kobo Nagaya (You can tour and try your hand at the work of Wajimanuri lacquerware, and experience traditional culture.)
Ishikawa Prefecture Wajima Museum of Urushi Art (Japan's first specialist museum of urushi art. The exhibition is changed every two months.)
Photo Credit: Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League