Aomori Prefecture (from mid-seventeenth century)
Materials: Wood, lacquer

This is one of the finest examples of lacquer ware in Japan and has been designated by the national government as a traditional handicraft. There are four main techniques practiced in Tsugaru, namely, kara-nuri, nanako-nuri, monsha-nuri, and nishiki-nuri, which are used to create a variety of products. Tsugaru lacquer utensils are usually made from hiba (type of cypress), which are covered in cloth when a coat of lacquer is applied. This is repeated over 40 times, after which the utensils are polished using a whetstone and rubbed constantly to achieve a glazed finish. This is a process requiring over 60 days, and it has been followed unchanged for more than 300 years. Because of the mind-boggling number of stages and the extremely meticulous attention to detail, it has jokingly been referred to as “crazy man’s lacquer.” Unlike other types of lacquer ware, which are decorated after the underlying coat has been applied, the colors of Tsugaru ware are applied with each coat so that the more the utensils are polished, the deeper, richer, and more colorful they become.


素材:木、漆 江戸時代 17世紀後半~