Updated at 2022-04-17
Kagawa lacquerware was founded by Yorishige Matsudaira of the Mito Tokugawa family. Yorishige was an extremely talented craftsman that revived and popularized lacquerware in Kagawa. At the end of the Edo period, Tamakaji Zokoku merged Japanese lacquer techniques with those popular in Thailand and China, creating a new technique for making lacquerware. The reputation of Tamakaji's technique spread throughout Japan, and it became the basis of today's Kagawa lacquerware. Today, the Japanese government listed the five techniques of Kagawa lacquerware as traditional handicrafts, including kinma, goto-nuri, zonsei, choshitsu, and zokoku-nuri.
Agreement date: July 18, 2016
Area: 1,876.77 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 942,840
Main industries/features: Tourism, industry, commerce, agriculture, fishery