photo Tsugarunuri


Tsugarunuri lacquerware is produced and sold in the Tsugaru region centering on Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. In the Edo period, the Tsugarunuri technique was established, and production was enthusiastically encouraged in the Tsugaru domain; eventually the lacquerware was to spread both inside and outside the region. It is much appreciated for its unique patterns. Since layer upon layer of colored lacquer is applied over a wooden Aomori hiba tree base, and the patterns then highly polished, the surface is flat and smooth. The patterns reminiscent of clouds or scales differ depending on the work, making each piece highly unique. Today, in addition to traditional Japanese tableware, Tsugarunuri has made inroads into the modern world by appearing in such appliances as smartphone cases.


Production Areas

Aomori, Hirosaki, and Kuroishi Cities, and Fukaura Town, Nishi-Tsugaru County, and Fujisaki and Onoe Towns, Minami-Tsugaru County, and Itayanagi Town, Kita-Tsugaru County in Aomori Prefecture

Sights to See

Nebuta Festival (This festival attracts more than 3 million tourists. Anybody dressed in festival costume can join in the processions.)

Hirosaki Castle (Symbol of Hirosaki City, more than 400 years old. The castle is designated as a national historic site.)